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Who Are Your Mother Hens?

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This is the 5th & final Mothering Matters blog in the Spring 2020 series

Who Are the Mother Hens in Your Life?

Photo by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

– Winnie the Pooh

Funny…this is NOT the blog I had planned to write for this final one in the Mothering Matters Spring 2020 blog series. But it’s the one you’re getting 🙂

The blog I was going to write was a 15th anniversary reflection on our 2005 “Whatever Floats Your Boat…Perspectives on Motherhood” documentary. That film was an exploration of the ‘to be or not to be…a mom’ decision, based on my personal journey (in my 30’s) of determining whether motherhood was a road I wished to travel.

If you would like to view the 53-min film, you can do so here.

You can watch the filmed facilitated discussion here (we had a group of women watch the documentary and then filmed the subsequent discussion).

But…as I was preparing to write that blog, I came across this old comment from a viewer:

I just watched “Whatever Floats Your Boat…Perspectives on Motherhood” and was compelled to place a comment about the documentary.

Although I’ve had my own horrific ordeal with my pregnancy and daughter’s birth, ultimately she is now okay. I cannot imagine what you’ve had to go through to get to where you are today.

I just searched a good portion of your site. Congratulations on your courage and all your hard work. You are improving the lives of so many around you and countless people you will never meet. It’s unbelievable what you have created in this time.

I love the story of the chick in the road and cried at the story of the chick in John’s bag. Then I thought of all the mother hens in my life, and cried again.

Words fail me, other than: Thank you.


The story she was referring to is a 2012 blog of mine called, “The Chick in the Road.” So I read that blog again and decided to share that with you instead.

It’s a sad story but it speaks volumes about the importance of having people in our lives – mother hens – who will step in and say “that’s enough” on our behalf…when we, for whatever reason, are unable to ourselves.

Please click here to read “The Chick in the Road.”

Who has been a mother hen to you? Is it your own mother? Or someone else?

On the flip side, who in your life might be in need of a little mother hen action from you (coming from a place of love, concern and compassion, of course)...a wise word, a gentle nudge, a burden lifted? Click To Tweet

Or…how about this: might there be an aspect of your life (or a person in your life) that YOU know you need to say this to: “That’s enough.”

In other words, sometimes we need to be our damn mother hens 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. To receive her weekly blog, Weekly Words of Wisdom, please sign up here.

Previous Blogs in this Mothering Matters Series:

When a Soul Calls Out to Us

A Mother’s Worst Nightmare – A Daughter’s Courageous Response

Pushing the Boundaries – What’s Really Going on When We Don’t Say No

 Connecting Through Memories – Real or Imagined

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2 thoughts on “Who Are Your Mother Hens?”

  1. Thank you so much. I lost my Mom very suddenly on April 6, 2020. She was a mother hen to everyone she knew, always putting everyone else first and loving us all unconditionally. I miss that so much, especially being single myself. She was always there when I needed her, even if she didn’t agree with me, she loved and mothered me no matter what.

  2. Oh Sherry! I am so very sorry to hear your Mom passed away on April 6th. My heart goes out to you! You must miss her dreadfully. She sounds like an amazing person who loved others unconditionally…what a gift – both to be able to love like that and to BE loved like that.

    Please take care…I am sending you a big Mother Hen hug from Vancouver Island.

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