For many countries, Mother’s Day falls in May but for Thais, it has always been celebrated on August 12, on the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit as the Mother of the Nation. This auspicious day is dedicated to all mothers and there are activities nationwide to pay tribute to that special lady without whom you wouldn’t be enjoying your time in this world.
This person should be the most important in the world to you. But human nature is such that often, you end up taking for granted those closest to you, and mum then takes second place, followed by third, and sadly, sometimes becomes altogether forgotten. But for the lady, you will always be top on her list, no matter how old you are, or how successful—or not—you become. As they say, once a mother, always a mother.
I know my sons would prefer that sometimes I stop playing mother. In their mid-30s they think they know it all and I should not have to still watch out for them. But that is like telling the sun not to rise and the stars not to shine. Even if I didn’t want to do it, I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from things like reminding them to get enough sleep or making sure they are eating right. It’s just as well they are living on their own and not under my roof otherwise I can imagine their frustration—but even that would probably not stop my doing the mothering bit.
It’s difficult enough being parents nowadays but being a single parent brings with it even more challenges. Our cover lady, ML Radeethep Devakula, seems to have done an exemplary job. In the August issue of our magazine, she tells us about how she has been able to raise two daughters and a son on her own, hold on to a senior executive position at work, and look like someone not quite old enough to have teenage kids, all at the same time.
We also present five pairs of mothers and daughters who share striking resemblances. Isn’t there a saying that goes something like this: If you want to know how the daughter is going to turn out, just look at the mother. Of course this is meant to apply to more than just looks, and something of a warning to young men when choosing a prospective bride. Our five pairs all exhibit very strong mother-daughter bonds.
As usual we feature lots of other interesting stories in the magazine. Enjoy reading but don’t forget to do something special for your mother this month—and every month as well.
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