Ties that bind will make Mother’s Day one to remember

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Ties that bind will make Mother’s Day one to remember

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Korea

Each year’s second Sunday of May is a special day. It’s Mother’s Day, a time for family members to gather together to say our heartfelt “thank you” to our dear mothers.

It’s a day when children are supposed to mess up the kitchen while making breakfast for mom, make her a gift with their hands, and remember at the last second (maybe with some prodding from dad) to get her some flowers. Older children living on their own or with their own families, often visit or have her come over to their home for family fun.

However, this Mother’s Day will be like no other we have experienced.

Although my 80-year-old mother and 20-something daughter both live close to my wife and I, we won’t be seeing either of them on Mother’s Day. Like most everyone else around the world, we’ll be practicing social distancing. It’ll be tough, but it’s the right thing to do. It’s the only way to beat this pesky virus.

But it doesn’t mean you can’t send your mother flowers or have them delivered. To avoid extreme crowds for family gatherings and in flower shops, the Tokyo Flower Council and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries are currently running the “MAY is MOTHER’s MONTH” campaign, saying it’s okay to send our mothers flowers anytime this month. Now, that’s what I call good marketing.

My Filipina wife’s 100-year-old mother and two of her sisters live in the Philippines. She has two other sisters, one living on Guam and other in the States.

But our family is like everyone else around the world, and we are determined to make Mother’s Day “special,” no matter what’s in our way. So, we will get on the phone with my mother and have a nice call. My daughter will call my wife and they will talk like only a mom and daughter can. When this virus clears, we will all gather together for a big celebration, complete with flowers and delicious food. But that’s not important now.

As for my wife’s side of the family, they’ll be sharing laughs with their dear centenarian mom.  While her sisters in Philippines prepare a cake and festive foods, my wife and her sisters on Guam and in the States, will gather at their PCs and eat while chatting with the rest of the family.

My wife designed and created a nice Mother’s Day card with family photos and illustrations on her iPhone. She is looking forward to sending the card through Facebook Messenger and surprise her mother during the online gathering.

Yes, it’s going to be a different Mother’s Day. But it will be one we all remember. And, does it really matter if we are not all are in the same room or same country as long as we can gather together with the use of technology? The love and laughs will still be there. That’s what matters most.

A big thanks to all our mothers out there. And to mine, I can’t wait to talk to you on Sunday!

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