Rooted in Love: Mother’s Day

5th May 2022

UKZN Extended Learning

– by Nkosingiphile Ntshangase

The relationship between a mother and child comprises deeper connections than what the eye can see. Mothers are incredibly loving, dedicated, and loyal to their families, and these qualities are truly priceless. Mother’s Day is celebrated every year in South Africa on the second Sunday in May. This year, the 8th of May acknowledges the presence of mothers, and on this day, we show appreciation to them for being the backbone of society.

A mother’s love has moulded cultures and people throughout history. It is common knowledge that mothers are vital to the well-being of their children by offering their love and support irrespective of whom that child may turn out to be. The long-lasting influence mothers have on child development is often undervalued. They teach them key life lessons which shape the framework of society. We live in a culture that encourages women to pursue personal fulfilment outside the nuclear family structure while maintaining intimate bonds. Women have persevered through scrutiny and maintain those core values that have shifted how the working mother is perceived in modern times.

In many parts of the world, Mother’s Day is an occasion that is celebrated in appreciation and in honour of mothers. It is a day dedicated to recognising the contributions of mothers and the critical role that mothers play in society. People worldwide are reminded of mothers’ impact and significance in their lives, and Mother’s Day highlights these contributions.

A mother is the emotional support system for her children and contributes significantly to the child’s growth. Today because of the continuing pandemic, it’s more imperative than ever to appreciate our mothers and let them know how much they mean to society. Providing mothers with due respect for fulfilling their duties, obligations and sacrifices made, in reality, is essential for the progress and perpetuation of social progress. A mother’s love forms part of the foundation of the community and is something that should be celebrated till the end of time.