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Thursday, April 21, 2011

When David Met Goliath...

WHAT did his mother say?

This piece is an allegory... and only one person in the world will know what it means. But it is also a story that Mommies can relate to I think.

We all know the story of David and Goliath. A young teen hardly out of puberty takes on the tallest and broadest (maybe not brightest) Philistine of the time... and wins with a pebble. Oh... it is a testosterone pumping story of epic proportions alright and sets afire the hot blood of every male three year old who listens wide-eyed before bedtime and imagines himself David.

What do Mothers feel when their children have to meet Goliaths?

If Mother were herself a Shield Maiden (i.e., one who knew about fighting... one trained to fight... had fought, had lost and had triumphed before). She has worked with David for years. She watched him grow, taught him his first moves... and lately, David has been nothing but disappointing in his moves. And yet, he can turn around and smile and say "I can get him good Ma!"

How would Mother feel? Panic doesn't even begin to describe that feeling. It's the sort of panic that sends the blood pressure soaring in no minute flat. A cold hand grips one's heart and you can feel an evil smile at your neck.

And it is at that point that Mother needs to understand that she is Mother no longer... that her role as protector and defender of her young is over. She must let go so that God may take over, and make something great of her children. You see, after you've taught them your moves, that they won't learn, they just might go out there and win their battle with a pebble. Notwithstanding this, I refuse to watch them fight.


Anonymous said...

Ahhhh...dear Mother..."David" might win and mother will miss his triumph OR "David" might need help from the battlefield so he can become strong again for the next battle and mother will not see! No more need for mother to fight "David's" battles herself ~ perhaps does not equate to no more need for mother.

petunialee said...

Awwwwwwww Theanne, what wise words from a Mom. I'll still be there. Just back in my tent, and not at the fight.

Anonymous said...

I know!