Mothers Around the World, A Mosaic

When I think of my mother and my grandmothers, I feel fortunate to be born into a line of strong and determined women. My mother led by example, demonstrating that one’s personal and professional life is not static, but rather an evolution in personal development and fulfillment that includes taking a bit of risk from time to time. Additionally, both my grandmothers raised families in challenging circumstances – one in Korea shortly after the Korean War, the other in India in the 1950s.

As I consider their histories, I’m reminded of how much I have to learn from them and the lives they’ve chosen to lead.

On this Mother’s Day, I wondered how I might draw a connection between them and what we’ve learned traveling around the world. One of the most universal and special moments we encounter (and occasionally have the good fortune to capture) is that of a mother holding her child. A glance or a caress evokes care, warmth, pride, happiness, joy.

As our mothers look at us, we look to them.

With that, I leave you the mosaic below and wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world!

Happy Mother's Day!
Mothers and children from Nepal, India, Guatemala, China, Burma, Nicaragua, and Kyrgyzstan

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  1. says

    Mother’s Day is touchy for me. My mother didn’t have en easy life and now lives in a nursing home. It’s strange to be so young and have a mother in one of those places. Ahh long story, but meanwhile, thanks for such an inspirational post!

  2. says

    Everyone, thanks for your comments and kind words about this post and photos!

    @Margaret: My mother was with my grandmother on Mother’s Day, so they were both in my mind and this was my way to feel closer when I was far away.

    @Nomadic Chick: It must be so difficult to go through having your mother in a nursing home when you’re still so young. I feel like I’m more sensitive to my parents getting older as we’re so far away so much of the time. Makes one realize how short life is and to appreciate the health of loved ones.

  3. Olivia B says

    I have a mother, age 83 who is living in a different country away from me. I also am a mother, I have a daughter, age 18, who is currently living abroad in an other different country. I mean, what is the wrong with people, why can’t we just stick together?
    Anyway, I hope not to be nosy, but have you ever considered to be a mom youself? I can almost guarantee that it will be the most challenging journey of your life! Kind of looking forward to your reports from travelling around with ‘How not to forget your baby behind’.
    Olivia from Norway

  4. says

    @Olivia: I hear you on generations staying closer together, but it is tough to balance personal and professional needs. Life gets complicated quickly it seems.

    I am fortunate now to be back in the States and staying with my mother for the week. She loved your comment and question about kids!

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