|PM: Tell mom you love her |
Monday, May 12 2014
PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday in her Mother’s Day message urged people not to be “caught up” in the consumer aspects but to show love and appreciation always.
“Do not get caught up in the whirlwinds of bouquets, cards and chocolate delights. Do not allow the significance of the day to slip through your fingers. Let us show our love and appreciation now and always so that we will have very little to regret when our loved ones are no longer with us,” she said.
She pointed out that Anna Jarvis, who in 1908 mobilised ten West Virginian families to celebrate the achievements of women, particularly mothers, three years after her own mother had passed, would later reject Mother’s Day and the consumerist exercise it had become.
Persad-Bissessar extended heartfelt best wishes to all the mothers across Trinidad and Tobago and wished them a blessed and joy filled experience. She also thanked all mothers for their many sacrifices and the difficult decisions they have made bravely.
“I commend your courage and strength as the bearers of many roles: protector, provider, teacher, healer, friend. I want you to know that you are deeply appreciated and your worth cannot be measured nor can your selflessness be repaid,” she said, adding, “I pray that your hearts be filled with joy and your faces marked with smiles. I thank you for all that you have done for your families, your communities and by extension, your country.”
She urged mothers that as they receive their various tokens of appreciation throughout the day to look upon those they have nurtured.
“Your legacies live with you and I pray that you always keep them close and guide them as they continue to grow,” she said.
She also had some advice for the children, advising them that mother’s Day should not be the only day to show love to those who have been a mother to them.
“Love is not restricted to a day or a singular deed, be sure to live a life of love,” she added.
Persad-Bissessar also addressed the persons who have lost their mothers.
“To those of you whose mothers are not with us today, rejoice for the times that you were fortunate to share. Do not think that she is gone for she is in the love that she taught you. She lives on in your smile, in your laughter and most importantly, in your heart,” she said.