The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests.”

Today, Sunday May 13, Guyana devotes this very special day by joining 90 other Countries around the World to recognize and give tribute to all Mothers.

Only recently dubbed “Mother’s Day,” the highly traditional practice of honoring of Motherhood is rooted in antiquity, and past rites typically had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones; societies tended to celebrate Goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers. The personal, human touch to Mother’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon. The maternal objects of adoration ranged from mythological female deities to the Christian Church itself. Only in the past few centuries did celebrations of Motherhood develop a decidedly human focus.                  

This great idea of devoting a special day for mothers would take root rapidly and became one of the most commercialized holidays around the world yet this observation shouldn’t take away from the true meaning of this special day.

The discussion about our mother always evokes strong emotions in us. And it should! After all, we lived in her womb before we experienced the light of this world.  Mother’ is defined as the person in whom life receives a form suitable for living in this world. However being a mother is not restricted to a woman who only give birth also includes those women who have adopted, fostered and cared for their children

What does ‘living in this world’ mean? It means that a person is alive and functioning physically and spiritually. Mother’s day emphasize the mother’s unique role within the family.

The expectations and responsibilities of mothers are endless. They are expected to be there for their children, no matter what. She is expected to nurse, nurture, feed clothe and hold her children when they are sad. The credit almost always goes back to them for the deeds of their children, whether the report is good or bad.

My mother Enez had the enormous task of caring for six children and a husband. She literally nursed a baby in one arm while juggling a multitude of tasks with the other. When she wasn’t cooking or doing daily chores, she was sewing together our clothing.

She was the house physician, accountant, therapist, teacher, cook, disciplinarian, housekeeper and wife to my father who served 47 years with the Bauxite Industry in Guyana. Today, my siblings and I are very thankful to my dear 82 year old mother who is still active and is very much the matriarch of our family.

Dear Mom

When I was a baby, you rocked me to sleep,
And dressed me and taught me to talk,
You guided my faltering, hesitant steps
When I first started learning to walk.
And then came the day I started to school,
When you realized how fast I had grown,
And you told me what wonderful fun it would be–
Then watched as I skipped off, alone.
You make all the days of my childhood so gay,
So filled with contentment and fun.
That the memory I have of my growing-up years
Is a cherished and wonderful one.
And then, when I started to be on my own,
You offered a sure, guiding hand,
Whenever I needed a listening ear,
I knew then that you’d understand–
For all of your thoughtfulness, all of your love,
Your patience and gentleness, too,
I’m thankful–for I have a wonderful treasure–
A sweet, lovely mother like you!

 If there was a day for everything you have given to me as a mother, it would be Mother’s Day every day.

Thanks for always helping me to remember what is important in life… and today it is you! You’re the best!  Thanks for all you do. Thank you goes out to all the wonderful mothers of Guyana and around the world.

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  • ndtewarie  On 05/19/2012 at 12:02 pm


    Without mothers we surely won’t be here
    It’s fitting to celebrate one day of the year
    But after being motherly for 365 days
    We really should show it in more ways
    For these beautiful people mothers
    Who’re our aunts, wives and sisters
    Our over worked nurses, and doctors
    Our friends and everyday teachers
    Yet in some places of this planet
    Not a tiny respect they don’t get
    They are abused and denied their right
    And stopping this wrong is not in sight
    Mothers are very precious
    Their meals are delicious
    For the socks or shirt you can’t find
    A mother is there to soothe your mind
    If you are lazy and leave your room in a mess
    She’ll fret but she’ll clean it I have to confess
    Some kids’ eyes are covered with wool
    Then motherhood to them is ungrateful
    They love you with faults anyhow
    They will even face a butting cow
    If someone ever threaten a mother’s young
    Even if you threaten to cut out their tongue
    They will defend their young so gallantly
    And you will always have their loyalty
    They are the bulwark of the health systems
    They’re more precious than diamond or gems
    No matter how warring with flags we unfurled
    Our loving mothers brought us into this world

    Naraine Datt

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 05/11/2013 at 1:02 am

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 05/11/2013 at 1:15 am

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/12/2013 at 9:46 am

    Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers throughout the world. Words cannot fathom the depth of your love and care for us. Where would we be without your loving care and duty towards us. May your love for us never die and may you be blessed in many ways because you are that special person we bestow that honour on this very special day, We love you Mom! God’s Blessings to all mothers!

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 05/16/2013 at 10:55 pm

    My sons sings on mothers Day 2013

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 05/16/2013 at 11:00 pm

    Shane is 8 and Sam 18 in video

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