This image of an antlered youth sucking “juice” from her mother (like a thirsty child attacking a juice-box) came to my mind as I was feeling overwhelmed by the whirlwind of joys and responsibilities of parenting. It is both a comic and sobering reflection of the vital nurturing connection mothers and children share with each other. As a mom it seems like one minute I am nurturing and enjoying my children, and then a situation will arise and all of my patience will be taxed, every bit of energy tapped, and I am left feeling completely squeezed and entirely out of patience. It is then that I need to “refill” my soul and remember how awesome my children are, and how full of life and hope and goodness they are. And so the “Mom Juice Box” refills!