Details for Article #4 2014-May-11 Mother's Day (Tanya Rose Castellas) Desc: A Personal View
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Mother's Day - May 11th, 2014 Tanya R. Castellas
Mother Playing With Child Mary Cassatt (c. 1897) View source image here
I admit I have been guilty of indulging in the modern-day Mother's Day ritual -
grabbing a sentimentally worded card and posting it to my mother. However
well-meaning, I end up feeling small and useless. It comes across as a weak attempt
at verbalizing my real feelings for the most important person in my life.
On their part, mothers gratefully accept these tokens of love from their children. My mother has a special box full of letters and post cards, greeting cards and notes written by the three of us over the years. I know she treasures them and lingers fondly over the oldest of them, the ones written when we were very young. I realize she treasures them not for their words but for the love and innocent feelings with which they were written in all their imperfect, mis-spelt glory.
From my window I watch a woman working as a labourer. She digs and carries, lifts
and fetches all day long with two little children in her wake. They play around her,
lending a tiny hand now and then, laughing, crying, getting into scrapes. She
cuddles them sometimes and sometimes even scolds them. Her care and love for them is
evident despite the long hours of physical labour out in the hot sun. I think to
myself....no card, no poem, no gift or even a flower. Just the unworded bond of
Happy Mother's Day
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
— William Makepeace Thackeray.
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