by Ellen Lambeth
If animals could talk, here's what the kids might say to their wonderful mothers.
I know I can be prickly.
(On that, you always harp.)
But still you take good care of me.
Mama, you're really sharp!
You pick me up. You put me down.
You like to move me all around.
But that's OK—it keeps me safe.
Let's find a fine new hiding place.
I need to nurse; I'm growing fast.
Slurp, slurp, slurp!
My mobile milk bar is a blast!
Lotsa Love from Minnie
Ow! Ack! I'm a messy macaque.
But this cleaning routine. . .
Can't you get off my back?
OK, OK! I won't monkey around.
I'll sit still for my grooming
And won't wear a frown.
What makes you so smart?
Will you teach me how
To go "fishing" for termites—
Such fine-tasting chow?
You make it look easy.
You make it look fun.
If I watch what you do,
Maybe I can catch one.
Hugs & Kisses, Little Champ
I am just a tiny thing,
While you are big and strong.
I'm safe and warm, tucked in your wing,
Where nothing can go wrong.
Love ya, Bryan Gosling
You flap your ears, and you stomp your feet.
As my shield and protector, you cannot be beat.
As long as you're near, I have nothing to fear.
You're tough—but, to me, you are gentle and sweet!
You're AWESOME! Ellie
Happy Mother's Day to animal moms everywhere!
"Thanks, Mom!" originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of Ranger Rick magazine. Click here for a close-up view of the story.