NPH Honduras says "Thank you" to all of our mothers out there.
May 21, 2009 - Honduras
It’s one day, a day like any other day, but a day we set aside because it’s the least we can do. In reality there's no real way to say thank you, except to keep smiling and living, to bring a new generation of mothers into this world, to give a hug, to bring new loved ones into our arms and our families. It’s Mother's Day here at NPH Honduras and we have to say at the very least "thank you."
Thank you for your love, thank you for your care. Thank you for the lives that you've brought into this world and for the lives that you've saved. As mothers you do more every day than we as children and fathers can ever imagine. We understand that it’s not enough to set aside one day each year to show our gratitude for what you have done, but we set aside this day knowing that the greatest gifts of gratitude and thanks don't even come on this day. Our thanks to you come at school graduation, in a church at our first communion, with a kiss and wedding bells chiming, they come with our birth, and the births of our own children. Thanks come through the on-looking eyes, precious and new in a universe of space and time, but most of all a universe of love, full and true beyond belief.
Children Spell out "I love you, Mom"
We celebrate Mother's Day on the Rancho Santa Fe with festivals including plays and songs, poetry and pastries. We celebrate you, our mothers because we want to show you how much we care. As one Tía here says, “Mother's Day is a very important day here, because we have to be mothers—mothers with lots of love, not just for our own children but for our little brothers and sisters here at NPH."
When we look back at the day's celebrations we recognize that for a few moments these wonderful women in our lives received the attention and relaxation that they deserve. But, even at the end of this special lunch, where some men formed a team to serve our mothers, many of these women stayed behind and helped clean up the tables. It’s a testament to the greatness of the hearts that these women hold inside themselves, it’s a testament to their generosity, no matter how great, holy, or special any given day is supposed to be.
When the sun sets and the moon comes up, our mothers don't tire; they continue their work. As Charly, a Tía from Casa Santa Maria Reina, says, "there isn't a day to say everything that we as mothers have done, because every day is something special for a mother." Every day is Mother's Day; however, on this day we open up and remember all the help, encouragement, and love that each mother has brought into the lives of all the children here at NPH and in Honduras.