Today is Mother's Day in England.
Today is not the only day chosen to appreciate mothers as Mother's Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. Furthermore people of different religions may celebrate Mother's Day on different days and yet again a different day may have been adopted by communities who are from different cultural background.
However, most cultures do appreciate their mother in one way or another.
Iraj Mirza who was one of the great poets in Iran have a short poem in appreciation of mothers which I feel appropriate to quote.
گویند مرا چو زاد مادر
پستان به دهان گرفتن آموخت
شبها بر گاهواره ی من
بیدار نشست و خفتن آموخت
دستم بگرفت و پا به پا برد
تا شیوه ی راه رفتن آموخت
یک حرف و دو حرف بر زبانم
لفاظ نهاد و گفتن آموختا
لبخند نهاد بر لب من
بر غنچه ی گل شکفتن آموخت
پس هستی من ز هستی اوست
تا هستم و هست دارمش دوست
They tell me that when my mother gave birth to me
Taught me how to catch the breast with my mouth
Many nights next to my rocking bed
Sat awake a taught me how to sleep
Took my hands and guided me step by step
Until she taught me how to walk
One by one taught me how to pronounce letters
Word by word taught me how to speak
She taught me how to smile
Like teaching the flower bud how to bloom
Therefore all I know is from her
So I will love her for the rest of my life and her's
The above picture of me an Maman was taken on Mother's Day several years ago when Maman, Baba and Omeh were visiting me in the UK.