A Red Carnation

She was twenty-five when she got married.
She was twenty-six when she became a mother.
She was forty-one when she gave birth to me, the youngest of her six children.
She was forty-seven when she found herself exiled in a new and foreign country.
She was fifty when she became a grandmother.
She was eighty-five when she became a widow.
She was eighty-six when she became a great-grandmother.
She turned ninety-six this year.
So much life….

My family continues the Cuban tradition of wearing carnations on Mother’s Day. A red carnation if your mother is still alive and a white one if she is not.

My indomitable mother is busy making plans. She regularly has her hair done and wears bright red nail polish. At ninety-six, she is most definitely ALIVE.

I will very gratefully and with great pride be wearing my red carnation this coming Sunday.

Do you keep the Mother’s Day Carnation tradition? Please share.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Share, por favor!

By Marta on May 5, 2010 · Posted in the habla habla

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Posted on May 5th, 2010

Sra. López says:

She’s lovely and what a nice tradition. We don’t have a Mother’s Day Traditions. We usually just give her a present.

As for my own household, I think I should make one up, and after some thought, I’ve decided I should be served breakfast in bed ;)
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Posted on May 5th, 2010

nilki says:

This is beautiful! I had never heard of this tradition and this year, I will be adopting it as my own. I’m going to check with my mami from Colombia to see if they have anything similar.

I will wear my red carnation with pride and gratefulness this year (and give two to my daughter)

Thanks for sharing this!!
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Posted on May 5th, 2010

Chantel says:

We used to do this in my family when I was little. Then, we stopped one year. I think it was because my grandmother couldn’t bear to wear her white flower anymore:( Thanks for reminding me of this beautiful tradition.

Posted on May 5th, 2010

alysa giorgetti says:

I love it! I want a red carnation, I am giving one to my sister too. I will give a white one to my mom. How sweet, and what a wonderful tradition,great way to honor mom.Alysa

Posted on May 5th, 2010

Maria Eugenia Aguirre says:

Sadly, my beloved mami died in 2004. I miss her everyday. I still find it too difficult to wear a white carnation on Mother’s Day or even go to the cemetary to visit her grave. This Mother’s Day I will go to Mass, then out to dinner with my husband and son. I will think a lot of my beautiful mother and all she gave to her children. Oh how I wish she were still around to give her a bottle of Miss Dior perfume, her favorite scent. Of all God’s blessings the greatest one is a mother’s love. Happy Mother’s Day Marta!

Posted on May 5th, 2010

Miriam says:

Gracias for bringing back memories as a child in Cuba, it is a beautiful tradition,que pena que no se la enseñamos a la nueva generacion, que Dios bendiga a tu madre con salud.
Yo soy la mamacita de Carrie,feliz dia de las Madres a todas.

Posted on May 6th, 2010