A mother’s lap is paradise

Nowadays, Mothers’ Day is honorably held across the world in recognition of a mother’s gratitude. A tree gives shade and coolness to travelers. Likewise, a mother’s “metta” or loving-kindness gives warmth and protection to her children wherever they may be. During the period of conception which lasts for over nine months, the baby lives in the mother’s womb curled up with the knees touching its chest. Till the baby is born, the mother has to take care of her health and make sure that she sticks to a healthy diet. She suffers a lot and makes a lot of sacrifices.
From the time of birth we get all we need from our mothers plus a lot of tender loving care. For saying so, it may be tantamount to saying that we do not recognize the gratitude of our fathers. No, we do not mean to say that. In terms of the sacrifices and sufferings they have to go through for the sake of their offspring, we believe that mother’s love is far greater than that of a father. So, we eulogize mother’s love so much so that most of the people call their countries mother lands. They name their languages mother languages or mother tongues. For government service personnel, they call the departments under which they serve, their mother departments. Thus, we call the Ayeyawaddy River, Mother Ayeyawaddy.
Apart from a few, nearly all children love their mothers. Undeniably, we find it difficult to reciprocate our filial duties to our parents as much as we have received parental duties from our parents. To our great joy and delight, whatever it is, we see that many post their expressions of thanks and acknowledgements about their mothers’ gratitude on Facebook. We used to suck milk at our mothers’ breasts, lying in their laps. When we were young, we had slept in our mother’s lap whenever we needed soothing words, whenever we felt sorrow or pain. It is not an exaggeration if we say that a mother’s lap is a comfortable and safe place for a baby. Not to mention the fact that children and adolescent youths, even the aged can never forget the time when they lay in the lap of their mothers.
Presently, most of our Myanmar youths have been in foreign countries for further studies or for work. Before they get accustomed to their new environments and the culture and traditions of these new countries, they will surely feel homesick for their mothers and their motherland. Especially, those who get into trouble or fall into difficult situations, it is natural that they will miss families and their motherland and also feel downhearted. In fact, governments establish diplomatic and consular missions in foreign countries to protect the interests of their nationals. Now, our new government which was voted into power by the people has instructed its embassies to help our overseas students and workers to solve problems encountered in their learning and working environments. Thus, our embassies will become mother-like overseas institutions representing our government, in the near future. The embassies on their part should try their best to make their fellow citizens feel safe and welcome whenever Myanmar citizens come to them for assistance. They should act like mothers living in foreign countries so that overseas Myanmar citizens will feel the urge to rush to them and “sit in their laps”, so to speak, whenever they need.
Last but not least, I would like to urge our national brethren to help in any way possible for the successful implementation of the Union Peace Conference — 21st Century Panglong, in order that our younger generations would be able to sit in the mother’s lap peacefully.

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