I was standing in Wal-Mart today, not buying anything, just watching the HDTV’s as I do from time to time. Today was a knockoff of March of the Penguins. If you’ve seen it, or Happy Feet, you know that after the eggs are laid, the fathers shelter them while the mothers go off to fish. By the time they get back the eggs have hatched and the babies are all fluffy and cute.
Well, some babies don’t make it, so when the mamas come home they have all these motherly instincts and no one to use them on. Some mamas don’t make it either, so the babies (and the fathers) wait with anticipation that won’t be satisfied. So they seek a new mama, like babies will do. We know that from human experience.
What we don’t know from human experience, is the mad rush the female penguins who lost their chicks made for the orphans. If only human women would make such a rush to care for our orphans. My wife and I plan to adopt at least one child, and we marvel at the lengths women will go to in order to have biological children – hormones, drugs, ivf, surrogacy – when there are children everywhere who need loving as much as they need someone to love.
Shall we leave our own motherless and fatherless out in the cold, while these animals race and fight for the chance to care for theirs?