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MORE THAN MOTHER’S DAY: Acknowledging the Full Spectrum of Caretaking

By Omid Safi in On Being

If Facebook on this past Sunday corresponded to reality, the whole world is filled with Best. Moms. Ever. Every single one of us. 

On Mother’s Day, so many of us gushed, lovingly, about our moms. Out came the pictures of the loving mothers, with their arms around their children. Out came the photos of our moms, beautiful and serene.

So I don’t mess up my eternal salvation, let’s start with the obvious: I really do have the Best. Mom. Ever. Her name is Pouran, Pouri jan to all her children and grandchildren. Yes, when you look into her eyes, you know. This is what inner kindness and goodness shining out looks like.


Picture credit: Tim Ganey

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