Letters to the Editor- May 13
13 May, 2018, 10:00 am
Flowers for mum
A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away. As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars.” The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.” He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers. As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.” She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave. The man returned to the flower shop, cancelled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house. Arvind Mani, Nadi
Strength of a mother
“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles. A mother is clothed with strength and dignity, laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks her words are wise and she gives instructions with kindness” (Sharon Jaynes). While Mother’s Day will be celebrated in Fiji today with much joy and enthusiasm, Christians had their turn last Sunday to celebrate this important day in our calendar. The joy of celebrating Mother’s Day is incredible to every human being no matter how old we grow because a mother’s place cannot be taken by anyone else. Hence, Mother’s Day is celebrated every year in the honour of a woman who has the unfathomable power to give birth to another life into the world. A mother carries out her enormous duty with unconditional love and without any expectation. She has to wake up early to prepare food for us every morning and pack lunch. After this she has to clean the house and do household chores without complaining. A mother does so many things for us and does not expect to be paid. Mother’s Day, therefore is a great celebration to remember how our mothers have given up a lot of their time taking care of us! In addition, the whole of the mother’s fraternity is adept at judiciously managing everything from household chores to affairs related to her family. She budgets whatever money she has in her custody and plans family events and meals. No wonder women have become successful in looking after their career as well as the household affairs. We must learn to love and respect our parents and they have nothing but love to give in return. Spending quality time with our mothers should not just be restricted to Mother’s Day, which I believe should be every day. My mother has always been my emotional barometer and my guidance. I am lucky enough to have a mother who truly helps me through everything. She inspires and advices me and does not forget to scold me when I do wrong. When she’s away from me I miss her like a kid. Finally, I conclude with the words of Kristin Hannah “My mother is the bone of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot imagine life without her.” Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful and wonderful mothers out there! May you have a peaceful and blessed Mother’s day celebration! Let’s also spare a thought for mothers who have lost their lives or have fallen victims at the hands of perpetrators! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu
Happy Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world on the second week of May on Sunday. This year’s Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, may 13. In our country people will also be celebrating Mother’s Day today. Many households had already planned what to do and what not to do on this day to honour their mother. On this occasion, I have the pleasure and take this opportunity to wish all mothers and motherhood regardless of where they are, a very happy and blessed Mother’s Day. God to shower blessings on all mothers. INDAR JIT, Tokotoko, Navua.