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A Mother’s Day message

I have been lucky to be greeted Happy Mother’s Day TWO times in a  year, even THREE times depending on where we are at the time.

Why?  Because as a Filipina mother, I am greeted every second Sunday of May,  and if we are in France, H gives me the traditional Mother’s day bouquet on the 4th Sunday of May, and if we are in the UK on the 2nd Sunday of March, I also receive greetings from my British in-laws and friends.

Really… be accorded one Sunday of the year where my role as a Mother is recognized and celebrated is wonderful enough but to experience it  three Sundays in one year is too overwhelming.  I suppose this is the advantage of living in three different cultures, isn’t it?

So in time for this month’s observance of Mother’s Day, let me delve on the image of the mother and her child and  take this opportunity to greet all my mother-readers a very “Happy Mother’s  Day”!

As George Washington said:
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

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Thank you, mother…

For being the first one to  introduce me to our culture.  (Italy)

For accompanying me to my scooter rides.  Soon, I will be able to do it on my own. (Italy)

For introducing me to the  world of adventure.  (The Netherlands)

For guiding me to my first steps to the outside world. (Italy)

For giving me my first lessons in dressing up.  (Germany)

That despite your own physical limitations, you are painstakingly looking after me. (Switzerland)

For showing me that dreams can come true if I work hard for it.  (Monaco)

For showing me that travelling is equivalent to reading ten thousand books….(Chinese proverb).  (Italy)

saai_family2That living a humble life is not a barrier to finding  joy and fulfillment. (Philippines)

For your warmth and constant protection.  (France)


For taking me travelling around Europe on a boat, for a year.  It has made me wiser, made me appreciate the wisdom of hard work,  awakened my deep compassion to my fellowmen, made me overwhelming grateful to God for the beautiful world He has created for us, and  it has made our family closer, too.. (Greece)