History tells us that Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. According to the tradition started by Anna Jarvis, people wore white and red Carnations to pay tribute to their mothers.
The white carnation was Anna Jarvis’ most favorite of flowers because it represented the purity of a mother’s heart. For years, I remember, people wore a white carnation to honor deceased mothers, and a red one to honor a living mother.
Sadly, through the years, Mother’s Day has become so commercialized that very seldom do you see people wearing a red carnation to honor their living mother or a white one to remember the woman who through her entire life made many sacrifices to make us the men and women we are today.
Turn the TV on and all we see are department stores advertising dresses, purses, and shoes for Mother’s Day. Jewelry stores showing necklaces and diamond stones and everything is based on money, money and more money, when in reality if you ask a mother what she really needs you will be surprised to hear: “A wonderful day (or simply an afternoon) and a big hug from my children.”
A mother is gone and she will not be able to wear any of that stuff advertised on TV. The entire wish of that mother would be a flower and a prayer on her grave.
I personally know mothers who deserve to be honored not only on Mother’s Day, but all year around.
On this second Sunday of May as we celebrate Mother’s Day I want to send a very special thought to Maramis Choufani, our managing editor, who raised three sons and one daughter with love and dedication.
Maria Urena made many sacrifices with lots of limitations to raise two sons and two daughters and to have the satisfaction of knowing they are all professionals — two engineers, a pharmacist and a school teacher.
And Blanca Gonzalez, who — even if her son is now grown up, still has a very tight and strong bond with her only son.
To the new mothers of today, Rossana Garcia, Karen Joseph and Miriam Tellez, I wish you a very happy day, hoping that one day in the future your children will feel the same pride as the children of Maramis, Maria and Blanca.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers in the world and for those who are no longer with us, including my own mother, I raise a prayer to the Good Lord so you know you are never forgotten.
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One of the things I miss about the State of Florida is its food. There are all kinds of restaurants from many nationalities and the best food ever. People who travel to the State of Florida discover the first thing they think about is Miami. Well, there is much more in Florida than Miami. They have, for example, the City of Hialeah.
Like it happened once to us in Southern Nevada when we thought of the small city of Henderson, we used to say: “Henderson? Forget it!” Today, Henderson is a grown-up city with major businesses, the best sub-divisions and big mansions. Today, when we talk about Henderson the motto is: “In Henderson… of course!”
The same thing happened to the small city of Hialeah; people didn’t even want to drive through Hialeah before. Today, their residents are proud to say that Hialeah is the city of progress.
I suggest that if anybody goes to Florida to make sure to stop by La Nueva Fe Bakery located at 2975 W. 4th Avenue in Hialeah. I recently received a box of goodies from that bakery and those were the best I have eaten in years.
Personally, I don’t get to eat amazing “pastelitos” (Cuban pastries — meat, guava, and cheese) here in Las Vegas, so receiving that box of pastries was a super treat for me.
So, if you are planning a trip to Florida make sure to make some time to visit La Nueva Fe Bakery in Hialeah. You will not regret it.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.