Happy Mother’s Day, all you Mothers out there. Here at YourInnerRhino, We decided to deal from the top of the deck with our Readers: for Us, Motherhood is mostly characterized by Astonishment. For some critters, it may be simplicity itself, but for Us, it’s all about trying to assess whatever is happening and not getting swamped.
Part of our problem may be the Rhino Pregnancies last about 15 months. By the time the Tot appears, We have forgotten We are ‘expecting’, except all of a sudden, here is a 75-100 pound Assignment! And it just rattles on along those tracks for a few years. It’s catch-up. And then the Tot is grown, and is off on its own Quest. B-Bye.
And then We do it all over again. As We say, Bewildering. Happy, but Bewildering.
Rhinos have lots of Imagination, so you might think that with a certified, genuine Magic Lamp, We could come up with some remarkable wishes.
But We have to say, mostly even when Rhinos get what We asked for, the thrill of satisfaction is often missing. The thing is what We wanted, but it does not scratch the itch We felt it would.
Funny about that.
Rhinos all enjoy Musical Chairs, but Rhinos are Big and the shoving and scrambling and general hubbub often lead to injury, as opposed to Victory. Changes the tone of a birthday party.
In the Wild, We are aware of the spread of populations. We suppose they must go somewhere, and it is becoming more usual that We Rhinos are resident in those somewheres. We try to make room, but…?
Musical Chairs is a game designed to instruct Us all about Diminishing Resources.
Rhinos are always open to Good Suggestions, but when it comes to Rules, We are less responsive. Who is in a position to know more than We do? (Other than our Moms.)
No, almost every Rule Rhinos need to know comes from Nature. We are hard-wired by Nature and follow Nature’s dictates. School is always in session.
And that works out hunky-dory.
Today has been National Mother Goose Day. Mother Goose is held responsible for a large collection of folk tales and bits of poetry, created to entertain the young.
The popular version is that Mother Goose is herself a fictitious character, but Rhinos feel pretty certain that she is too substantial to be counted as fiction. We are always on the lookout to make her acquaintance. Gives Us something to do.
Also, today is May Day, celebrated by making floral offerings to those We cherish. What could be nicer?
We assume it is a part of our Natural Package, but Rhinos are not particularly good at accepting Imposed Limitations. We are fairly receptive with our Mothers, up to a point, but after that… well, not so much so.
This resistance to conformity may account for a great many developments in a Rhino’s Life.
But then, maybe not.