Today is Mother’s Day in Mexico. It’s a date that I keep close to my heart because it gives me an occasion to remember everything my mom has done for me. She has been an amazing friend and has always supported me in good and bad times. I don’t know about other newcomers, but to me, my native country’s major holidays (Mother’s Day is one of them) are the times that being far from friends and family hits me hardest. Although I enjoy my new life in Canada, there is a part of me that will always long to see more of the people I love. Holidays make me feel that I’m missing out on good times with them.
Mother’s day is a very big celebration in Mexico. Typically, people will serenade their moms on Mother’s Day’s Eve. The family will get together and either hire a group to play (Mariachi) or they sing themselves. The day after (May 10th every year) the family gets together for dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day.
It is days like this that I get mixed feelings. I’m very happy in Canada and I’m grateful for my life here and everything I’ve experienced so far. But I’m also sad to miss some precious moments with my family and friends.
I don’t know if a day will come that I won’t get these mixed feelings. While I find out, I will embrace the best that my two countries have given me and patiently wait for the next time I get to visit Mexico.