Mother’s Day in Japan
The florists are crowded with middle-aged men and children, which can mean only one thing…it’s Mother’s Day. It’s the one day of the year when we tell our moms just how much we appreciate them for the other 364 days that they fed, clothed, educated, scolded (well, at least in my case…), nurtured, and generally loved us. Thanks, Mom for bringing me into this world…and for resisting the urge to send me back when I almost blew up the house…. But enough about that. Not to belittle what moms have done, I thought it about time we also showed some appreciation to all the other women out there who have nurtured us in some way. As a boy, I was fortunate enough to be able to meet my grandmothers almost daily. They were truly saints who bent over backwards for me even through my periods of rebellion. I really wish I had another chance to tell them how much they were appreciated. Another nuturer in my life is a very special aunt who has spent years mentoring this country boy about the big world that lay on the other side of the dirt road in front of his house. I credit her with giving me the courage and skills to go on and complete my college education and explore the world… and I’ve been living on the opposite side of the planet for over two decades since then.
So as you celebrate Mother’s Day this year, consider changing the name to, “Mother/Female Nuturer’s Day,” then go out and thank ALL the women who have positively impacted your life. Do it today because nobody knows what will happen tomorrow; you may never get another opportunity.
Happy Mother/Female Nurtuer’s Day!