I'm feeling obliged to talk about this topic because it was recently brought up in a conversation between my mom and I AND I've talked to Amy about this before as well. I'm feeling like there is a consensus on this subject so I had to share.
The subject came up as I was telling my mom about a kid on Jake's bus (see I told you, the bus is rotten). There's a kid on Jake's bus that has threatened to "kick Jake's butt" if Jake ever sits by him again. Jake didn't take this message to heart so the next day he chose to sit by the boy again and see what would happen (he's not my kid, I would have avoided that boy like a poopoo diaper). Well when he sat down, the boy told Jake, "you better get up in 5,4,3..." and he continued to count down to Jake's butt whoopin'. Well Jake, being the stubborn donkey decides he's not movin and he continues to sit next there lookin straight forward, with no reaction as the kid counts down. When the kid reached 1, he faked a punch to Jake's jaw but stopped only about an inch from Jake's face. Jake felt proud, like he had called the boys bluff and when he came home to tell us all about the story we all felt proud for Jake as well (more so Austin than me).
Okay so I thought he had conquered this bully and everything was fine, but no. A few days later, Jake tells me that the same kid (let's call him snot face from hear on out) continues to mock Jakob and tells him, to his face, that he can't stand him. I asked Jake if he knew WHY the boy didn't like him and he said because Jake talks too much. Jake said that at lunch he sat across from snot face and he continued to mock Jake and laugh at him the entire lunch period. Now picture in your head, my sweet Jake telling me all of this with his sad innocent face (totally playing me). I started fuming. Smoke was exiting my ears at an amazing rate. I felt hot inside, I wanted to scream or hurt something or someone.
Here's where the lion comes into play. We, as mothers are like lions with our cubs. We play with them, romp with them, discipline them and sometimes even swipe their butts if they do wrong, but the SECOND another lion OR cub tries to discipline them or treat them wrong, we will switch into attack mode like crazy beasts at the top of the food chain. What causes this mad maternal instinct? The father lion doesn't have that same attack mode and you would think they'd be more likely to attack than the mother lion. It's so silly when you think about it, but so serious when it's happening. When Jake told me about this boy my brain starting running a million miles a second trying to plan my attack on snot face. I thought about going up to Jake's school for lunch and having Jake point him out so I could confront him and threaten HIM to leave Jake alone. Isn't that silly? Snot face is just another cub, why do I, as a full grown mother lion feel the need to pounce another cub?
Have you ever noticed when you go to one of those hard foam play places in the mall all the mothers around the edges? It's like a full blown jungle out there. All of the mother lions have their ears perked and are on edge just waiting to attack. It's crazy!
Another thing is that we feel ridiculous attacking another cub so we try to make it inconspicuous, but WHY?! We KNOW all the other mother lions are doing it, so why do we need to hide? Because we feel ridiculous. We teach our children not to get upset or angry at silly things and to control their tempers, but then we go out and became wild beasts with fangs and claws and drool dripping from our jaws as we threaten tiny cubs.
I'd like some feedback on this subject, please tell me that me, my sister and my mother aren't the only three mother lions on the face of the earth. Reassure me that you other lions out there do the same ridiculous things we do.