I know my wife and I have had a few different discussions about WHO should goto China if only 1 of us can go to adopt our 2nd child... I came across something this weekend that helps put "Mothering" into perspective. I was with the kids at the Nature Museum, when I came across the Frog display, and this article posted by the Milk Frog.
During the breeding season, the loud call of a male milk from lures a female to his water-filled tree hollow. The female lays her eggs in the pool and leaves the male to fertilize them and care for the young. After the tadpoles hatch, the male lures another female to lay eggs in the same water hold. He doesn't fertilize the second batch of eggs, but uses them to feed his hungry tadpoles. By "faking" a love interest, he tricks the second female into delivering food for babies that are not hers.
I would just like to ask, what kind of a MOTHER would lay her eggs, and the run off leaving them to be RAISED by some STRANGE man whom she HARDLY knows! Pfffftph. Horrible mothering.
So my faith in Moms has taken a bit of a hit this weekend. :-) Looks like I should start getting my Passport ready!