In the words of Chinese-American novelist Amy Tan, “a mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin”. While different countries have their own customs when it comes to celebrating mum, in Thailand, Mother’s Day always falls on August 12, in honour of our Queen Mother, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who was born on the same day. While many of us joined hands in appreciating our mothers, and no doubt spoiled her wholeheartedly over Mother’s Day weekend with great food and sentimental gifts, it is also important to realise that this love and gratitude should not be limited to just a day — it should be expressed everyday.
The reason we celebrate our mums is often attributed to big, profound acts — she gave birth to us, reared us, and, well, is essentially why we even exist. Yet behind those larger than life reasons are all these little things that together have made us who we are today. My mother, for instance, instilled in me an insatiable love for adventure, the ability to recognise a truly well-seasoned broth, and the strength to laugh forever — even when it’s stressful and not that funny. As we take the time post Mother’s Day to continue thanking her, for all the big little things, we’ve asked some of society’s prominent personalities on the things they’ve learnt from mum over the years. Read on to see what they said.
Director, Chateaux Management Group / MD, Perpetuum Asset Management / MD, Lion Empire / COO, IRCP
“If you truly love your mum, care for her when she’s still around — don’t wait till she’s gone to remember her.”
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Apinara “Prang” Srikarnchana
Co-founder, U Drink I Drive
My mother always emphasised the importance of perseverance, and that the value of a person is not measured by numbers of achievements and money. She taught me that, “every next level of your life will demand a different version of you. Start small and persevere.”
Find out more about Apinara “Prang” Srikarnchana here.
Niks Anuman Rajadhon
Owner, Teens of Thailand and Asia Today
“Work hard and keep your mouth shut.”
Read more about Niks Anuman Rajadhon’s family ties here.
Vareenithi “Bubee” Kanpaibool
CEO, Varithorn Boutique
My mother always said that “everything is only temporary. Happiness is temporary, and so is suffering, so don’t get stuck on things that have happened, and learn to let go. Once you can let go, your heart will find peace, focus, and joy.”
Read about Vareenithi Kanpaibool’s Fendi loves here.