Today is mother's day; a day to remember and celibate the remarkable people that have set all else aside to dedicate their lives to their children. Nobody else in this world is as devoted to another individual's well being as a mother is to their child. Even now, long after childhood, I am amazed to see my own mom putting me and my sis before herself each and every day. It is am amazing gift and something I feel I could never fully return. But of course, she would ask nothing of me and assure me that she is proud of her children and will love us unconditionally until the end of time.
The journey a mother undergoes while bringing up children is something I can hardly understand, especially when I was a kid. When we are young, we easily take our mother's efforts for granted and see it as a normal part of our upbringing. I'm sure any mom want's to make things as comfortable as possible for their kid and by doing so we rarely see the adversity they tackle every day to keep us safe and happy. Looking back, my sister and I couldn't have made it any easier for her or my dad. It's astounding that any person could persevere with what is often times such challenging and thankless effort.
The story of Hana and her wolf children is one that rings very true in my heart. Her struggle to raise two children on her own and the passion that motivates her is inspiring. What I find most moving is that her story in many ways is no different from any mother's. All mothers must have found themselves caring for, what would seem like wild baby creatures that depended on their care to survive and not quite knowing what to do at times. To Hana, her relationship with her love, the adversity of raising their kids, their move into the mountains, and watching her children grow was a new and frightening direction for her life that I believe most mothers can relate to. This entire movie is a testament to the beauty, burden, and melancholy of motherhood.
I absolutely adore Wolf Children because it brings to light the truly valiant and selfless nature of motherhood and shows much of the fear, heartache, and wonder that comes with raising children and letting them free into the world. I hope everyone has the opportunity to watch this film and see their own parents in Hana's shoes as she takes on the terrifying and miraculous lifelong adventure of being a mom.