I just recently watch a movie called the Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. I liked it, but I was struck by the fact that we have so many movies that talk about loyalty, service , and guardianship in terms of war. This movie was no different. The above quote is actually from the book, but they had a similar one in the movie. It made me think about how our roles as mothers goes so often unnoticed, and yet our roles are just as important as the vows made by heroes or warriors.
I have dedicated my life to protecting others. I cannot not swerve in my duties, or I will fail a good many people. My children need unwavering support. Each day as they come home from school ,they need my love and attention. I must see what others cannot...I must look for a light in the dark ,even when I feel the dark around me. I must gain knowledge and understanding. I must bear my own "talons" when the need is great. I shield and guard and protect the innocent. Most of what I do goes unnoticed. There will never be great epics written about the tears I wipe away or the hearts I help to strengthen, but I see what I accomplish each day in the lives of my children.
I see the battles I've won when my girl chooses to wipe away the tears of her brother ,or helps someone in need. I see the shields I have built when my boy tromps off to school with a smile after a hard day before. I see the light I've instilled when I watch my kids walk home from school laughing and playing with each other. I see the talons I've sharpened when my boy stands up for a friend. My vows as a mother has produced the greatest good there could ever be....seeing my children love and be loved. I think that's better than winning a real war.