Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts in New York State’s Southern Tier
May is the month in which some countries celebrate Mothers’ day, and this year the celebration was particularly important for me, because I am debuting as a mother. So, it was like finally belonging to that club I could only see from the outside before. I enjoyed the going out for brunch with my husband and baby and being celebrated was a great experience. The weirdest feeling was when my own mom called me to say Happy Mother’s day! Wasn’t that supposed to be the other way around? Oh! It was awesome to share that feeling with her!
I thought about how that day would have been celebrated if I would still live in Mexico. There, mother’s day is always on May 10th, no matter what day of the week it is. People go to their mother’s houses or to cemeteries to leave flowers. We not only celebrate mothers, but also our grandmothers, godmothers, aunts and every women that has given us love in those early childhood years…A traditional Mexican mothers’ day celebration starts in the middle of the night with a Serenata (it goes from a couple of guys to a whole mariachi group singing love songs at the mother’s window), then the mother goes out and receives a bunch of flowers while listening to the songs that the husband or the son/daughter brought to her. Mexican families are in general large in size, so mothers are celebrated thru the whole day….of course, chocolates and flower sales are huge that day…the sweetest thing for that day is that most elementary schools have big celebrations in which kids put together dances and present them in a kind of festival, you can even see 6 yr old kids dancing to the compass of traditional mexican music…I remember dancing every year for my mom…I cannot imagine what would I feel if my little one dances at a Mother’s day celebration one of these days….
While I was pregnant, many people told me my life was going to change a lot. Of course, my schedule is now all changed and my priorities are different also…but I think the most important change was in the way I see life now…Motherhood came to me as an eye opening experience, suddenly I realize how blessed I have been all my life in many different ways. I also realized about the impact of the decisions my husband and I will take that will affect the life of this little one…starting with the language we are teaching her first…the daycare we choose for her…and the other many decisions we already took that will impact her life…like the religion we have, the city..the country where we live now…
Of course there are many new questions in my mind, how are we going to make her feel proud of her heritage? would she ever want to leave our house at 17? I don’t have the answers yet, and all I know for now is that I want her to have a happy life so one day she can look back and see all the blessings God gave her thru her life… I guess the only thing we can do for now is to try to provide strong foundations so she can build from there…and if she decides to be a mother…one day it will be my turn to call her to say Happy Mother’s day chaparrita!