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El Dia de Las Madres

Yesterday was Mother’s Day up north and tomorrow, May 10th, is Mexican Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a very big deal here in Mexico. In fact there is not even a day for fathers.

We have been here for 17 years next month so I have enjoyed many Mexican Mother’s Days. Mother’s Day at the school was fabulous. The kids prepared entertainment for us and special food and drinks. Flowers and poems were always involved. By the time the presentation was over there was not a dry eye in the house. Cards were homemade with love and care and it was especially wonderful to be a mother.

The church also made a big fuss about mothers acknowledging them during the service. We were asked to stand while everyone clapped for us. This was always a moving moment. In Mexico mothers are the true matriarchs of the family and indeed hold the fabric of the family together. Mothers are revered as they should be.

My mother, Dorothy Grace Wheeler Wallis, passed in 1996 and I still miss her every day. I was so lucky to have her in my life for so long and I will always appreciate her gifts of unconditional love, support, honor and integrity. There is not a day goes by that I do not love and miss her.

On May 2nd, we became grandparents and it was wonderful to wish our daughter Happy Mother’s Day for the first time yesterday. We know that Ethan Alexander Valencia Buhrman is very lucky to have Tiffany as his mother and we wish them and her husband, Oscar Valencia, a wonderful and happy life together.

A lot of us have lost our mothers but if you are lucky enough to still have your mother here with you on earth take this opportunity to show her how much you love her and how very special she is to you. You will be very thankful that you did when you no longer have her in your life.

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