Voxpop on the occasion of Mother’s Day 2012 “Son, have the courage to say no”

POSTED: 05/9/12 1:33 PM

St. Maarten – Mothers show their love in a variety of ways; procreation, affection, providing for the needs of their family, as a homemaker and sharing words of wisdom. As the celebration of Mother’s Day globally draws closer, we thought it ideal to speak with our readers not on the subject of gift giving but the best advice they ever received from their mothers.

Vincent Wadilie-Operations Manager

Pic: Vincent Wadilie

“My mother told me to be yourself, keep out if trouble and don’t let anyone tell you that you are lower than them. Always do your best at school, make something of yourself and make me proud. Never fight with and for material things. If it is meant to be for you it will come to you one day. She told me these things just as I was about to begin high school and at that time I only understood a little bit of what she was speaking. But then I learnt it myself when I got into trouble and she had to help me out. Now that I have kids of my own, I can say mommy was just right.”

Marie Richardson –Homemaker

Pic: Marie Richardson

“My mom always told me to have patience, lots of patience with my kids.  She told me this almost 5 years ago before she passed away and I will never forget it. On her death bed she told me to always keep my head up and smile. That was the last thing my mom said to me before she departed.”

 

Rosemond Whitfield-Marketing Agent

“It was thirty years ago but I can still remember her saying keep away from bad company because they can get you in trouble.”

Glendon Wilson- Driver

Pic: Glendon Wilson 

“My mother is full of wisdom and over the years has shared so much advice with me. But one of the best ones that I will never forget was when she said son, have the courage to say no! It is a general statement but it can be boiled down to specific situations.  At times when there are things that you don’t think are right, you must be bold enough to stand up for what you believe in. She is always reminding me of this.”

Odwin Abrams-Supervisor

“The best advice my mom ever gave me was always protect yourself in every aspect of life no matter what comes around. From the age when I became aware of relationships and the boyfriend/girlfriend thing she spoke about protecting yourself especially in sex.  To this day she still reminds me of this.”

Aliro Ramsey-Managing Director

Pic: Aliro Ramsey

“The best advice my mother has ever given me was when she said never abort your first child. If the child doesn’t have a father he will get a step-father, she would always say. A lot of women have done this (abortions) and now they regret it. When I became pregnant with my first child I always had that sound warning at the back of my head.”

 Jean Arrindell-Father

“My mother always says give the Father thanks and praise for every day you wake up. Growing up in St. Peters she constantly told me to stay off of the road. Now when you are old, you realize that it was good advice even if you had to get licks with it.”

Hildo Scharbaai-Retired

Pic: Hildo Scharbaai

“When I was young, my mother told me to never get involved with a woman who has children. She said that I should look for someone who is single and willing to start life. I did not listen to her but ended up with someone older than me who had two children already. It did not turn out well for me at all. Then especially when I came from work on Saturdays, I would just stay home for few minutes then jump back in the car and go on the road. One Saturday she told me not to go out. She said that I should not be on the road every Saturday, I should take some rest. I said mom, I won’t go but then I became restless. So I told her I won’t go far this time I will go just up the road to look for my friend. When I went on the road with the car, I got into a big accident and nearly killed myself. My car was wrecked completely. My family was looking for me; after three days they found me in the hospital. Today I have the cut on my lip to show for it. She said to me, you see, you must listen to your mother when she speaks to you. From that day, anybody that speaks to me to do the right thing, even if they are younger than me, I listen to them. My mother is dead and gone but I will never forget those words.”

Donna Webster-Graphic Designer

“My mother always said, never appear covetous for other people’s things because you never know where they got it from or what they had to do to get it.”

Anne-Marie Brooks-Resort Manager

Pic: Anne-Marie Brooks

“My mom passed away a little more than a year ago and here I am asking myself what is the best advice she gave me? Unknowingly, she has shown me that once you have health, you can get and do anything. Money cannot buy health nor happiness. It is the small things in life that count. Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back, and realize they were the big things.”

 

 

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