I came across this children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown entitled “The Runaway Bunny”. It is a simple yet reflective story about a mother’s persistent and ever-pursuing love towards her child. It is a story about a bunny who wanted to run away from her mother. Below are the excerpts of the story…
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.
So he said to his mother, “I am running away.”
“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you.
For you are my little bunny.”
“If you run after me,” said the little bunny,
“I will become a fish in a trout stream
and I will swim away from you.”
“If you become a fish in a trout stream,” said his mother,
“I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”…
…“If you become a little boy and run into a house,”
said the mother bunny, “I will become your mother
and catch you in my arms and hug you.”
“Shucks,” said the bunny, “I might just as well
stay where I am and be your little bunny.”
And so he did.
“Have a carrot,” said the mother bunny.
The story may be a fiction, but this is actually what motherhood is all about… unrelenting love towards their children. Mother animals protect their babies during their weaning years and their love towards their young continues even up to their early adulthood years. If animals show such kind of love, what more amongst human mothers.
Being a mother is difficult. You have to continuously show your love, affection, and guidance to your children even if they are acting like runaway rabbits. Just be patient with your kids and keep reminding yourself that before you became a mother, you were once a stubborn rabbit when you were a child.