ULOG #057: To All Venezuelan Mothers

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Anne Esther, my beloved mother.
Greetings

Happy Mother's Day to all Venezuelan mothers!

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Today, like many other countries in the world, we celebrate Mother’s Day. For me, the celebration produces mixed feelings. I have never been friends of institutionalized celebrations that end up having a commercial use (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Children’s Day, etc.). Even though most people think that we should celebrate our mothers every day and our love should be expressed in every single act of kindness, respect, and honor towards them, it is a fact that mothers like to feel especial.

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Who does not like to get presents? Who would reject special tokens and words of gratitude and admiration? And here is when my mixed feelings emerge. How to make a woman feel special when you cannot even afford a short trip to pay her a visit or send her a present, even the humblest one?

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My daughter, Anna, taking breakfast to her mother. There was a time one could give some money to our children so that they would buy a present to their mothers, take her our to eat or to the movies. Breakfast in bed will have to do for now.

Venezuelan mothers are probably the group that has been affected the most by our crisis. They are the ones who constitute 90% of the people waiting in long lines (usually under scorching temperatures) to buy food. They are the ones who have faced the heartbreaking experience of seeing their children leave the country, fully aware that they may not see each other again. If they do not lose their children to exile, they lose them to crime or state terrorism. Protecting their children has always been any mother's greatest challenge and merit. In Venezuela it has been taken to another level. Behind a healthy child there is a warrior mother who is doing a hell of a job.

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The young Venezuelan mother faces the unprecedented prospect of not knowing how long their children will live, will they survive infancy? Will they see their children attend school? Will there be schools to attend? Will they have to prioritize survival over education? Will these mothers live long enough to see them grow? Will they have to be the ones to migrate and leave their children behind?

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Today’s Venezuelan mothers face questions no other generation of Venezuelans faced after the Federal War (1859-1863). Even during the ruthless dictatorships of Juan Vicente Gómez (1908-1935) and Marcos Pérez Jimenez (1952-1958) mothers knew that at least if their children did not get involved in politics, or did not oppose the government, they might have a chance of a future. Now, not even the mothers who sympathize with the government have any guarantee of a future for themselves or their children. They might feel a false sense of security by identifying themselves with those in power, but they and their children equally suffer the Dantesque scenario our country has become. They also starve or die due to lack of medicines or to out-of-control criminality.

They face the double curse of being screwed by the very government they support and becoming the enemy for 85% of the country, which is the estimated percentage of those who oppose the bolivarian revolution and find it absurd that anyone in their right mind could support corrupt, unscrupulous, and inefficient politicians.

As they say now, being a mother is a blessing and privilege, but being a Venezuelan mother has become a heroic enterprise. All my solidarity, encouragement, and admiration to the women of this country, who have to fight like very few other women in the world.

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I send special wishes to all Mom's, but also to all the People of Venezuela.
I hope and pray you can get a stable government soon, that will serve
YOU
, rather than some special interest (read DICTATOR)
No, I don't want to turn your Mother's Day post into
A political forum, so just know that you are all
In my thoughts and prayers daily.
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Thanks for your comment. Don't worry, it is hard not to get political about this when politics somehow conditions every aspect of your life (which is our case).
My university died because most of my colleagues refused to "politicize" the problem. The patient needed to have a limb amputated, but they were asking for pain killers.
All our clamities have an origin and that origin is the bolivarian revolution. It became the cangrene that decomposed our social/cultural/economic/political fiber

I have a steemit friend who lives in a homestead she and her husband
Began something like 12 yrs ago, outside a small village in Nicaragua.
They are in dire straits as well, Discord DM being the only way she
Can communicate with anyone Danny boy(Daniel Ortega) has
People listening to all Cellphone Traffic. I guess they are not
As bad as you are in Venezuela, but almost. At least they
Can grow some things, but periodically the Gov't thugs
Come through and frighten everyone in the area, who
Promptly come to her place for refuge. She is a Can.
National, and last year her son in Canada asked the
Gov't there about help for her to get out. They told
Him to tell her to go the the Canadian Consulate.
Her son in Managua did that, where he was told
"You chose to be here, it is on you now", yet
They'll spend millions on supporting folks
From other countries entering Canada.
It is a madhouse. So much plenty,
Being hoarded by a very few at the top,
It is shameful. I'm glad you are safe
At least @hlezama

Damn! That must be infuriating. So much for governments defending their citizens. Man, politics stinks. The thing that makes me really mad is the fact that you don't need to be a fortune teller or a spy to know that these bastards are just that. You see them, hear them, contrast what they say with what goes around and you have the whole picture.
It is incredible what governments around the world, after so much history of attrocities, can ignore because of money and power interests.

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To the mothers of Venezuela I salute you as they are the true heroes. A heroic trait that should echo to the rest of the world. They are the real superheroes in real life.

Thank you very much for that wonderful comment. I was going to use that expression, real-life superhero moms. I am actually working on some pictoric representation of the idea.

Mom, you are so wonderful, happy mother's day to you ma

Thank you very much