Updated: May 3
Mothers are full of love to give without asking for anything in return. But in reality, is what being a mom means?
By Marihana Reis, Business Manager at Calita Studio.
What is Mother’s Day to you?
To me it was always the day that my grandmother would look forward to her four children, four men, showing up to visit her on that one day out of 365. At the end who would show up was my mom, who is not my grandma’s daughter, but is a woman who was more responsible for the love and compromise, without, technically, being part of the family anymore
But today I don’t want this memory to represent Mother's Day to me anymore, also a woman and responsible for the love and compromise in my own family. Today I want to change this vision, I want this day to be a day to really show how grateful we are for them, for the woman behind the “mother”.
So, first things first, Mother's Day originated in the early 1900s, when Anna Jarvis, after the death of her mother, an activist and community leader, who cared for wounded soldiers during the U.S. Civil War, decided to start a campaign to create Mother's Day in honor of the sacrifices mothers make for their children.
Today, one century later, do we really honor our mothers?
Women are still responsible for most, if not all, household chores. They are the ones who tend to give up their careers, dreams, and ambitions to raise children. They are the ones who give up on themselves. And where is the father? Why are the tasks not shared equally? Why are women responsible for all the care and affection?
What if on this Mother’s Day, besides the flowers, we also start to question old patterns
and try to reduce all the weight that women carry on their shoulders.
“They say it is love. We say it is unwaged work.”
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