Living in Honduras or Guatemala as a foreigner is sometimes hard, mostly fun and never boring. This Blog is about more than just the oddities of my years in the not-so tranquil, cobble-stoned town of Copán Ruinas and, more recently, Antigua Guatemala. Hence Serendipity, the gift of finding without seeking…
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Even the milk company is cashing in on Mother's Day
Honduras is turning red. There’s nothing bloody or
political about it, it’s Mother’s Day Frenzy. Stores exhibit special displays overloaded
with kitchen supplies, frolic but trivial thingies, and artificial roses in all
colours and sizes, red being the predominant colour. The local warehouse stays
open late, hoping to catch last minute buyers with deafening music and a 30%
discount. The park is filled with women selling flowers while evangelists are
preparing an on-stage and very loud tribute to mothers and Jesus. Kids haven’t
received any classes the last few days, being too busy making Mother’s Day
gifts, memorizing Mother’s day poems, dancing Mother’s Day dances and singing
Mother’s Day songs. Restaurants have special offers for Mamá and there’s not a single business in town that hasn’t paid the
cable company to put a cheesy ad on TV, wishing Mamá a Felíz Día de la Madre.
high, tomorrow is the day.
Kids will happily
give their handmade flower vase or foam picture frame to Mamá, before starting to whine for breakfast. Husbands will take Mamá out for lunch or dinner and will
feel proud and good about themselves for the rest of the year, being such considerate
and sensitive husbands.
morning, everything is back to normal, except for some withering roses in hand
painted flower vases.
I think every
Sunday should me Mother’s Day in Honduras. Maybe without the loud
music and tacky presents, but a weekly break fore Mamá from all her duties and responsibilities, yes.
If any one
deserves it, it’s the Honduran Mother.
I think Mothers
rock all over the planet, but I happen to live in Honduras and I know for a fact that
this country wouldn’t be what it is without the mothers. Women know very well
is an unambiguously matriarchal society, even if that’s
something men don’t seem to realize or simply ignore. Seriously, all of Honduras’
main problems (corruption, violence narcotrafficking, abuse of power, waste of
natural resources): caused by men.
In the meantime, the women, whether abandoned
by their husband or not, keep on taking care of their kids, making somehow
three meals a day, doing laundry and cleaning the house, often with a fulltime
job on the side. If tomorrow mysteriously all women would disappear in thin
air, this country would fall on its butt and would never be able to stand up
again. However, if all men would disappear… Now, that would
So, here’s to all
you strong, beautiful, terrific Honduran mothers. Have a great day tomorrow! You women make the world go
Oh, and now we’re
at it…. Can you please teach your kids not to throw trash on the street? And
can you raise your sons to be just a tiny bit less macho???