Tribute to Mothers: Feliz Dia de la Madre

Red roses for love, a Mother’s Day Gift to you

First, a bouquet of red roses for all mothers, daughters and foster mothers. For the women in our lives who give us strength, courage and determination to stand up with shoulders back, head high. For the women who came before us to open the path and show us the way. Saludos y felicidades, siempre.

Mother’s Day, dedicated to my own mother, Dorothy Schafitz Beerstein, b. February 14, 1916, d. November 15, 2015, and the remarkable women of Mexico.

Embroidered story rebozo by Teofila Servin Barriga, Patzcuaro, Michoacan

Rosa, center, and her nieces, Magdalenas Aldama

In Yochib, Oxchuc,talented weaver with impaired mobility, limited health care access

The girls who will become women, learning from the matriarch

The young women, keepers of tradition and culture

To those of us who explore and discover and support the makers

Cousins Maya and Alicia in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca

The generations: Grandma Juana, Baby Luz, and Mama Edith

Grower of native corn, Mixe region of Oaxaca

My own mother, two years before her death at age 99 

For everything hand-made, here’s to the makers!

The women pottery makers of San Marcos Tlapazola

Intricately embroidered blouse, San Bartolome Ayautla, 8 months to make

To Lila Downs, who tells stories in song, with compassion

Frida Kahlo Calderon, our muse and heroine

Susie in Chiapas, thanks to the adventurers who visit

To the women who love and give care

Deceased potter Dolores Porras, inspiration for Atzompa

To Margarita, the basket weaver, Benito Juarez Market

Thank you to all the women who make a difference just by being you!

20 responses to “Tribute to Mothers: Feliz Dia de la Madre

  1. Thank you for this beautiful post!

  2. What a beautiful tribute, querida Norma!
    Here is to the Power and to the Glory,
    (Of Women),
    Forever and ever,
    Love you all,

  3. Beautiful Norma happy mother’s day to you,

  4. I am one of the lucky ones whose mother is still enjoying life at 96. Just spent the day with her with Vanessa and Hector. I am truly blessed. Thank you Norma for the memories and the sentiments.

    • So lovely that you have your mother, daughter and son-in-law together on this special day, MA. I know how much your mom means to you.

      BTW, my son is in Madrid. Will be in Barcelona in about a week. Is Dafne around?

  5. Norma, you are an angel!! Thanks for this beautiful tribute to strong amazing Mothers, women and artists from all cultures and walks of life!! Touched my heart!!

    • Carol, I’ve been thinking: there are women in our world who don’t love their mothers. Some mother’s didnt protect their children, were angry or abusive, mean, oppressive or self-centered. Name any number of things. In the end, we have our lives because of them under whatever circumstances or conditions. Any one of us can find gratitude today. Love you. Norma

  6. Very beautiful sentiments…
    Thank you, Norma.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you.

    • Indeed! There are “bad mothers” out there and I know a lot of women, young and old, who have terrible relationships with their mothers. Abuse is never okay, whether it’s done by a woman or by a man. At the same time, mothers have a rough time in our culture – blamed for everything. I love Paula Caplan’s book about this issue “Don’t Blame Mother” which, is very helpful in understanding the phenomenon. Also, I’ve personally found forgiveness to be a terrific balm – it’s not so much for the other person but rather, for ourselves so that we aren’t carrying around hurt and rage all our lives. I’ve also noted that in Latin American cultures mothers are revered. I LOVE that – makes me shake with emotion 🙂 Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to comment on this subject. Hugs to all!

  7. Such a beautiful, heart felt tribute to the Mamitas of the world, Another one of your many uplifting post! Thank you ever so much!

  8. Beautiful! Thank you for the work you do to educate us about the people and culture of Oaxaca.

  9. What a wonderful tribute to mothers everywhere! Well done Norma!

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