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A Mother’s Day message

I have been having the pure luck of getting greeted Happy Mother’s Day TWO times a  year.   And from next year onwards, it will be THREE times a year!


(1) Because as a Filipina mother, I get the first greeting on the 2nd Sunday of May; (2) and because I live in France, H gives me the traditional Mother’s day bouquet on the 4th Sunday of May; (3) and now that we have just become UK residents ,  that I shall be receiving a third greeting every 2nd Sunday of March!

Really… be accorded one Sunday of the year where my role as a Mother is recognized and celebrated is downright touching already, but to experience it  three Sundays in one year is far too overwhelming!  I suppose this is the advantage of living three different cultures, n’est-ce pas?

So in time for this month’s Mother’s Day observance, I would like to 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 introducing me to our culture –
Spring Carnival parade, Trieste, Italy

For accompanying me to my scooter rides.

Soon, I will be able to do it on my own.
Trieste, Italy

For introducing me to the  world of adventure

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For guiding me to my first steps to the outside world.

Trieste, Italy

For giving me my first lessons of dressing up

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

That despite your own physical limitations, you are painstakingly looking after me

Lucerne, Switzerland

For showing me that dreams can come true if I work hard for it


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

Ventimiglia, Italy

That living a humble life is not a barrier to finding  joy and fulfillment.

Camiguin, Philippines

For your warmth and constant protection

Paris, 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..

Corfu, Greece

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Poster at the Museum of Nottingham Life, Nottingham, UK