Childhood is a very brief leg of the journey of life.
And although it does come to end, the child inside us does not cease to exist. We still miss many aspects of childhood that we yearn for. Some of us miss the innocence and carefree existence that childhood offers. But there is another childhood treasure that we do not only wish for but very often need as much as we need the air we breath.
We need to be nurtured and nursed when we re not feeling well. Be it emotionally or physically.
For emotional discomfort we often just need to know that we are loved and that someone cares and the odd hug could also bring comfort.
But when we ill, a whole different need arises. The need for nurture is then replaced with the need to be nursed… Just like we needed when we were little.
As a baby your mother’s arms offered safety, sanctity and the promise that things you will be all better tomorrow and all will be well. Creating a trust and dependency on what a mother has to offer to that little child.
And as you grow into a toddler, the arms of the mother becomes slightly less healing and the promise then becomes “a mothers touch can heal every scrape”. Her kiss can take all your tears away and she possesses powerful knowledge that could fix your world in a blink of an eye. As long as mom is there, present and within a hugs reach.
You then develop into a preteen and then a teenager. Now the difficult task – deeming your mother as the most uncool being to walk the face of the earth despite what you really feel. Because that is what is expected in the world teenagedom. But all the same she is still the only one to fix the flu. heal the headache and mix the meds that will help nurse you back to health.
Then we move on and become adults, get careers, get married. And still when things go awry, your instincts point toward your mother as a source of salvation and solace. But very often your mother is not within reach as you have embarked on a new life journey, probably with a life partner.
So now what to do? Mom is not near. Solution. If you’re lucky, your life partner will be able to fulfill that role of the persona to nurse and nurture you back to health. Only now reciprocation is necessary as both parties may yearn for it at different times.
We remain in need of a mothers touch from the cradle to the grave. Whether it is from your own mother or any other person you care for and cares for you.
So mothers, nurse and nurture your children for as long as you can, especially when they are sick. Irrespective of their age. Make them the priority, above your husband, above yourself.
Fathers, nurse and nurture your children for as long as you can, especially when they are sick. Irrespective of their age. Make them the priority, above your wife, above your parents, above yourself.
Husbands, nurse and nurture your children and your wife especially when they are sick. Make them the priority, above yourself.
Wives, nurse and nurture your children and your husband, especially when they are sick. Make them the priority,above yourself.
Because deep down we are all still children needing a mommy to take the pain away and make our world better!
Thank you to all mommys, daddys, wives and husbands who does nurse and nurture their loved ones.