By Linda Masarira Mother’s Day Statement
Mother’s Day is a day that we honour mothers. This day has its origins in the USA. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally has become an international day to celebrate mothers.
In our own calendar February is a women’s month in our own culture that is why it is called Kukadzi. It would be imperative to have our own Zimbabwean way of celebrating women and mother’s in the month of Kukadzi.
Mother’s love shapes cultures and individuals. While most mothers know that their love and emotional availability are vital to their children’s well-being, many of us do not understand the profound and long-lasting impact we have in developing our young children’s brains, teaching them first lessons of love, shaping their consciences and bringing them up into this harsh and cruel world.
At a time when society urges women to seek their worth and personal fulfillment in things that take them away from their families and intimate bonds, I implore women to keep on nurturing love to their husbands and children and to keep on strengthening intimate bonds with the family.
Motherhood has no manuals, no guidelines and no rewards & recognition which makes it the most difficult leadership role ever with a never-ending responsibility of planning, training mentoring, budgeting, decision making, delegating, communicating and a whole lot more. As we lead our families, let us #LetLoveLEAD and raise children that are gender sensitive who understand what equality is, children who are anti-violence who will understand the aspect of using dialogue as a means to resolve conflict. We can end violence in the world if we take up our natural role as peace ambassadors.
A Mother’s love is unconditional
For a mother, a child always remains her baby even if he turns 60 or becomes a tycoon, a leader or a thinker. Mothers hold this strong aspect of loving their children in any phase of life or situation. This unconditional love of mothers is what makes them so special for every child.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day today, my heart bleeds as I think of what Marry Mubaiwa is going through with no access to her children. With all due respect, I humbly and publicly appeal to the Vice President of Zimbabwe Dr Chiwenga to allow his ex wife access to her children. Children should never be used to fix the other parent in a conflict. Ndakumbirisawo Soko.
There is a mother in every woman who manages the home as well as work all across the world. While making hard decisions, they drive a strong aspect of empathy and make it much more acceptable and sustainable, helping the organization in the longer run. We have seen our mothers eat last and sacrifice the best for the family.
By design every woman enjoys the quality to derive strong enduring values from their motherhood such as empathy, Diversity of Thinking and greater ability to multi-task, which is in their DNA and they carry that wherever they go. That is why women make great LEADers.
In conclusion, I celebrate my mother MaSiziba. A great woman who raised a beautiful Afrikan woman. Ndokudai Mai Linda.
I celebrate all the mother’s in the world today. As we breastfed life into our children, today I encourage everyone of you to breastfeed love, unity, tolerance and peace to the world.
No Woman No Cry
No Mother No Life
Happy mother’s day
Linda Tsungirirai Masarira