Happy Mother’s Day 2015: “A Tribute to Mothers”

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Mothers come in all shapes and sizes – some are tall and skinny, some are short and curvy, and others are anywhere in-between.

“Mothers are everywhere, they live all over the world, have different cultures, faiths and economic circumstances, but the one thing that they all have in common is that each one has planted at least one seed in the garden of life.”

We watch her in the garden, as she gently tills the soil and nurtures the seed, and like a good gardner, she makes sure that there is enough sunlight and water, ground cover and nutrients to help the child grow healthy and strong.

For many, the soil is hard, rocky and dry, so the struggling sprouts have a difficult time in the barren soil, but she provides the best she can and gives all, to help them grow. For others, the seeds are planted in a lush green surroundings, yet the weeds are many and must be pulled before they choke off the new growth of the emerging seeds.

As she clears the way, her garden opens up to light and children become filled with the nutrients she provides, they find the capacity and opportunity to become whatever they want to be. Tender blooms open in full flower sharing sweet fragrances throughout the garden.

So in the springtime when we celebrate and honour the mothers in our lives, let us pay tribute to mothers all over the world, those who have so diligently nurtured the seeds, planted, and growing, in the garden of life.

• Mothers who struggle in bombed out houses in war torn countries to preserve life and keep their families safe.
• Mothers who without much money or financial assistance manage to put food on the table, clothes on the backs of their children and help them graduate from school.
• Mothers from different social, economic, and cultural circumstances, who keep communities together and contribute to the wellbeing of our society.
• Mothers who maintain a delicate work-life balance between the stress of a job and career and the need to keep their garden plants healthy and strong.
• Those mothers, who are no longer with us, those who have walked this road before us, and who have made us who we are today.

And finally, as we stand by the gate of our garden of life, let us be thankful to be the mothers that we are, or that we hope to be. Let us draw strength from each other and from the beautiful plants growing healthy and strong in the garden, and let us look to the future with hope and knowledge of a job well done.

Illuminessence Founder & Publisher, May-Marie Duwai-Sowa and Patrica Wright (G'ma Trica), Author of 'Letters to Inspire column

Illuminessence Founder & Publisher, May-Marie Duwai-Sowa and Patrica Wright (G’ma Trica), Author of ‘Letters to Inspire’ column

Have a wonderful Mothers Day!

Pat Wright, B.Sc., M.Ed. is an educator, community activist and diversity trainer with a keen interest in people, places and things. Pat has been the Toastmasters Area Governor and was recognized in the first "Who’s Who in Black Canada – 2002 edition”.