AS the world celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar called for reflection on meaning of the occasion and rejection of consumerism.
“Do not get caught up in the whirlwinds of bouquets, cards and chocolate delights,” Persad-Bissessar said.
“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.”
Persad-Bissessar recalled that Mother’s Day originated in West Virginia in the United States in 1908, when Anna Jarvis mobilised ten West Virginian families to celebrate the achievements of women, particularly mothers, three years after her own mother had passed.
Eventually, Jarvis herself rejected the “consumerist exercise” that the day had become.
Persad-Bissessar also called on children to show their mothers love throughout life and do not let it be restricted to a single day or a singular deed.
“To those of you whose mothers are not with us today, rejoice for the times that you were fortunate to share,” Persad-Bissessar said.
“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.”
The PM extended on her own behalf best wishes to the mothers of Trinidad and Tobago.
“I pray that your hearts be filled with joy and your faces marked with smiles,” Persad-Bissessar said.
“I thank you for all that you have done for your families, your communities and by extension, your country.
“I thank you for the many sacrifices and difficult decisions you 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.”