The one absolutely unselfish friend
that babe can have in this selfish world,
the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves cold or treacherous,
is his mama.
A babe's mama stands by him in laughter and in tears,
in health and in sickness.
She will sleep on the cold ground,
where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely,
if only she may be near her babe's side.
She will hold the arms that have no hug to offer;
she will kiss the wounds and sores
that come in encounter with the roughness of the world.
She guards the sleep of her slumbering babe
as if he were a prince.
When all other friends desert, she remains.
When milestones pass and tantrums take hold,
she is as constant in her love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
originally published on peaceful parenting