The biological imperative to hold your child close is not something 'learned' from a guru, a lecture, or any number of parenting manuals; it's pure instinct, so overwhelmingly powerful it transcends everything. The desire to touch their skin, stroke their hair, breathe them in, and hold them safe just beneath your heart is born of a rapture that defies rhyme, reason, and logic.
The human urge to connect, to care, to nurture is what makes mankind unique, that is to say this urge has the power to unite us when so much threatens to divide us.
To all the Mums, the Dads, the carers, the nurturers out there; you are the custodians of our future leaders, and with every act of love you demonstrate what it means to be a hero.
Instagram post from @madmadswest inspired by artist @patricia.piccinini