Cain and Abel, Archetype: Perfect Mother


In the Christian tradition, Eve, the Mother of All Living had two sons with the First Adam. While narrative focuses on the animosity of Cain for Abel and the crime of fratricide I feel deep compassion for the mother, unmentioned in the records, who lost both sons. No matter what we do, how perfectly we strive to parent, our children lead their own lives from the moment they draw breath and our task is to learn to let them go to be what they will from the womb. Loss is the first hard lesson of motherhood.