Thursday, June 21, 2012

Could You Kill Someone?

I am a pacifist.

I don't like fighting or yelling or slamming doors.

I really hate when people hurt each other - physically or emotionally.

When I was younger, if you asked me if I was capable of killing another human being, I would have said NO WAY!

But, now I'm a mother.

I knew I was a mother when, without doubt, I was certain I could hurt, or even kill, a person who was physically harming my child.

If I walked into room and saw my child being attacked, I would not try to negotiate or talk things through.  I would stop the attack.

This must be what people mean when they say someone is a Mama Bear.

You DO NOT want to step between a cub and its mama.

When my daughter was in 5th grade, a man was flashing young girls in our neighborhood.  I told Juliana that the best punishment for that man would be to stick him in a room full of moms.  (I don't think she understood what I meant exactly, but did understand that moms really care about kids' safety.)  The post I wrote was called Kick-Butt Mom.

Don't get me wrong.

I hate violence.

I believe in negotiating and talking things through for basically everything.
I don't scream and shout.  I don't throw things.  I have never hit.
Those things freak me out.

But, if my daughter, or any small child, was being seriously hurt, I would intervene. 

I would stop that person.

However possible.

I'm linking up today with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.  The question I chose to answer is "You know you're a mom when . . ."  Usually I write funny posts for Writer's Workshop.  But today, I just had to be serious.


  1. I'm totally with you on this one. I think motherhood can bring out different sides of yourself - some you didn't even know existed! I hate conflict and fighting as well but as you said, you don't get between a momma bear and her cub! I always remind my husband, the mother animals on those wildlife shows are always considered the most dangerous and the ones you don't want to get anywhere near, especially if babies are close by - haha! Great post! Stopping by from Mama Kat's :)

  2. I think this is something that all moms feel so fiercely-that need to protect our children at all costs. Great post!! New follower. Look forward to reading more!

  3. I so get this! If anyone wants to see something scary, they should poke at my cubs!

  4. I am with you on this one! Even though my kid is now as tall as me, and has far more muscle, I would totally take down anyone trying to hurt him.