Motherhood – from a man’s perspective

The times, they are a-changing. My father’s role was to pace the waiting room and pass out the cigars. Apparently, these days men simply get to pass out.
Prenatal classes will show you a video that is supposed to prepare you for birth. It doesn’t take long to realise childbirth involves…pain, screaming, heavy breathing, fainting, hyperventilation…and it’s not that much of a bed of roses for your wife either.
Before you know it the baby’s home and the fun really begins. There’s the issue of bottle feeding versus, er, non-bottle feeding. Dad is keen for the natural way, but bottle means the midnight feeds can be delegated to the proud father. Then there’s the extension to the house needed to house the cradles, prams, walkers, change tables etc etc.
At least with all of it there is always the noble dummy to help smooth the path. It’s one invention of mankind that has never been priced at what it’s worth. I’d pay $100 a piece if I had to, because of the way it instantly calms the turmoil, and one day I may even give one to the baby.
The gift of children is a gift indeed, but I’m grateful to God the blessing of a mother also comes with the package. As a guy by the name of Michael once wrote: “I’m not a mum, just a dad. Being a mum is something I don’t think I could do. It’s too hard. Women in general (and mums in specific) are really a race of super-human creatures that we men can rely on to keep us from reverting to the protoplasmic ooze that we really are.”
Be that as it may, it’s great to celebrate Motherhood today, and whatever your experience of motherhood is, both the good and perhaps the not so good at times, we praise God for those who laboured that we might have life. “Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her rejoice who gave birth to you” (Proverbs 23:25).
(with thanks to Philip Wiebe)

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