Today, mothers across the globe will wake to breakfast in bed, flowers, gifts, hugs and kisses from their children and partners in commemoration of Mother’s Day – a day set aside every second Sunday of May to celebrate that person who rocks the cradle and to honour the meaning of motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.
From conception till birth, a child is nurtured and protected in the warmth and security of a mother’s womb. Though child birth has been described as the most painful and traumatic physical experience anyone can endure, giving life is so precious that for mother and child it is a case of love at first sight and from that day forward, a mother’s love for her child has been described as the ‘greatest, unconditional and infinite love that we will ever experience”.
Mother’s Day was initially only celebrated in the United States of America since 1908 and was later commercialized in the 1920s and was ultimately adopted globally to celebrate all mothers, grandmothers and all maternal figures.
Businesses have benefited immensely from this commemoration, seeing as prior to this day, shops are literally swamped with pink frills and flowers enticing children to indulge and purchase gifts for their mothers. Restaurants, spas and many other outlets make a killing on this day because most children go all out to make this day special for their mothers.
Despite these marketing gimmicks, people celebrate Mother’s Day in their own different ways and have different perceptions regarding it.
The Communications Manager of Multichoice Botswana, Tshepo Maphanyane, says that during this time, her siblings and father unite, buy the mother gifts, share a meal and try by all means to honour her, to make her feel as special as they possibly can. Maphanyane pointed out that though gifts are a lovely gesture, no gift can amount to or could ever show or capture “the love I have and carry in my heart for mama each day”.
Fashion designer Mothusi Lesolle says she spends the whole day cooking for her mother and spoiling her in every way imaginable. Because of their mutual love for gardening, Lesolle explains that he buys a plant which they plant in the garden together and this year he intends to spoil her with a dress from his newly launched fashion line iZAURA. Most importantly, Lesolle constantly assures her of his love for her.
Recently married Director of Botswana Network on Ethics Law and HIV/AIDS, Uyapo Ndadi, stated that he and his wife have a special message for his mother that, “I will, together with my wife, endeavor to make your Mother’s Day special for you are so special to us. I am sure you can’t wait to be a grandmother. Remain selfless, loving and caring. I know it is in you so I need not say it but I am just saying.”
These different yet similar gestures are stemmed in the socialization and the nature of relationships but the common factors are the love, respect and appreciation for their respective mothers. World famous leaders, writers and influential people pay tribute to their mothers.
George Washington, a former President of the United States of America, said that: “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.”