There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one lived in the valley and the other high in the mountains.
One night, the mountain people invaded the lowlanders. As part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the families.
The valley tribe did not know how to climb the mountain. They did not know any of the trails that the mountain people used. They did not know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain.
Even so, they sent their best party of fighting men to climb to the top and bring the baby home.
The men tried one method of climbing the rocks and then another. They tried one dead end trail and then another.
After several days of efforts, they managed to have very little progress. Feeling hopeless and helpless, the men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return.
As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking towards them.
They realized that she was coming down the same mountain face they failed to climb.
And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back.
How could that be?
One man greeted her and said, “We could not climb the mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and the most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”
She shrugged her shoulder and said, “It wasn’t your baby.”
If you're a mom, thank you for everything that we don't understand about motherhood and your depths of sacrifice & service.
If you have a mom, we hope you forward this, you read it aloud, you give her the day. Even if that just means considering her path with empathy and compassion.