PHILIP KAI MORRE
KUNDIAWA It was Mothers Day last Sunday and in many
places people celebrated with gifts, parties, church services and
Elsewhere a low profile was kept because of cultural norms.
But in all societies, whatever the culture, the key role of
women and especially mothers is recognised.
Our mothers seem gifted with intuitive knowledge and special and
unique skills, they are creative, gentle, warm, loving and
empathetic in understanding us and seeing to our needs.
Just take a moment and contemplate and recall the worthy things
our mothers did for us during our childhood, and our extraordinary
relationship with them.
And the words that spring to mind diligence, tenderness,
protection, love all exercised whatever the emotions and
uncertainty confronting them each day.
Our mothers are there for us at all times and guide the early
formation of both our physical development and our moral
Think also of the sacrifices, pain, sorrow and tolerance our
humble mothers went through, often wrapped up in silence.
The tear drops shed, the knowledge transmitted, the
unconditional love, the most prudent advice and wisdom.
And, in recent times in the midst of escalating family
breakdown, many mothers also take the fathers role.
We owe our mothers volumes of tender care and love.
As for me, I regret that I did not do more for my humble mother
who died three years ago - except I dedicated my book to her. And
in my minds eye I can still see her smiling, knowing that I am the
gift she treasured most.
Often we take it for granted the beauty, wonder and importance
of our mothers, but if you spend a moment and reflect on all that
your mother has done for you to be what you are now, I tell you,
you will break down and cry.