sent to me by my mom on mother's day. the text comes from the newspaper The Forward.
You showed us how great is the merit to bring up stepchildren and to treat them kindly. This merit is much greater that that of bringing up your own children, because the attachment that you have for your own children is natural; all animals have it. The hen raises her own chicks, but she has no instinct to care for strange chicks, so she pecks at the stranger and chases it away. Raising stepchildren is a holy task. It shows a higher human feeling, one that is higher than that of any other living creature...
belated happy mother's day to all types of moms.