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Wednesday May 14, 2008

Tribute to mothers’ caring nature

JOHOR BARU: Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah paid tribute to mothers nationwide for their sacrifices, especially in bringing up their children and managing their families.

The consort of the Tengku Mahkota of Johor said that mothers played an important role as homemakers who looked after the needs of both children and husbands.

“We worry about our children from the time they are born until they have their own children.

“The headaches never end,” Raja Zarith said during an interview with several mothers at the Johor Women’s Council (Mawar) in conjunction with Mother’s Day.

Raja Zarith, who has five sons and a daughter aged seven to 24, was quick to add that it was a wonderful and rewarding feeling being a mother.

“I will definitely encourage married couples to have children,” she said, adding that society had changed in the past 20 years with children becoming more demanding.

Raja Zarith hoped that working mothers would find time to spend with their children as many did not have the time as both parents worked to support their families.

Asked about her Mother’s Day message, she wanted all mothers to remain united regardless of race or religion.

“Lately, there has been a lot of bickering on racial and religious issues but we should remain united,” she said.

Asked about her Mother's Day celebration, Raja Zarith said that each year she received cards and teddy bears from her children.

“In fact, I have a huge collection of cards and bears from my children,” she said, adding that the most memorable ones were the cards her children made when they were young.

Dr Maria Fernandez said that each year during Mother’s Day she received gifts and her sons surprised her by taking her out for a meal.

“In fact, I treasure the cards which they pen together with poems,” she said, adding that it was wonderful being a mother.

Another mother, Wei Wong said, besides getting cards and flowers, she also got hugs from her children.

“My children constantly remind me that Mother’s Day is around the corner and ask me what I want as a gift,” she said, adding that she never missed spending Mother’s Day with her family.

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