MOTHER´S DAY is celebrated everywhere in the world. Credit: Shutterstock

THERE’S a Mother’s Day celebration somewhere in the world nearly every month. In the UK, it’s this Sunday, 31st March. In most of Europe and North America it’s in May. In Thailand and Costa Rica in August. In Argentina in October, and in Panama and Indonesia December.

Whatever its date, though, there are things only a Mother can teach. For instance, it’s she who instructs us about the art of ANTICIPATION: “Just wait till your father gets home!” And of RECEIVING: “You’re going to get it when we get home!”
About HOW TO MEET A CHALLENGE: “Answer me when I talk to you. Don’t talk back to me!” And the subtleties of LOGIC: “Because I said so, that’s why.”

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Not to mention the intricacies of MEDICAL SCIENCE: “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way.” GENETICS: “You’re just like your father.” FORESIGHT: “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re run over by a bus.” Our ROOTS: “Do you think you were born in a barn?” And the WISDOM OF AGE: “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
A favourite lesson too is JUSTICE: “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. Then you’ll see what it’s like.” The WEATHER: “It looks as if a hurricane’s swept through your room.” RELIGION: “You’d better pray that will come out of the carpet.” And, long before any of us watched Dr Who, TIME TRAVEL: “If you don’t shape up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
And science is on the timetable years before we study it at school – the science of OSMOSIS: “Shut your mouth and eat your supper!”

How can we begin to thank our Mothers for all these invaluable insights? When I was a kid, and kicking up a foul-mouthed rumpus, she’d say, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say, then why don’t you say nothing at all?” Imagine if I had listened to her then. Where would I be now?   

Nora Johnson’s psychological crime thrillers ‘The Girl in the Woods’, ‘The Girl in the Red Dress’, ‘No Way Back’, ‘Landscape of Lies’, ‘Retribution’, ‘Soul Stealer’, ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.net) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.99; £0.99) and iBookstore.All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity


  1. Mr Lee is right again, as he says ” The British on the other hand…..” however if he had written this in an English news paper irrespective of our cherished freedom of speech, he would by now have had visit from the plod ” you aint got a knife will you accompany me to the station to help with our inquiries?” And regarding the number of mixed race marriages the number is between 30 and 47%. But then again isn`t all advertising legalised lying? After reading this I can hear the screams of RACIST from here. If you are to accuse me you have the burden of proof, so I will place 500 euros with a respected solicitor as will my accuser the looser pays the 500 to their favourite charity.

    • Dear Mr Jomes, please forgive me for pointing this out. You seem confused. Your comment appears to refer to an article by Leapy Lee, but you have posted it on a completely different article by Nora Johnson. How about having a go at posting it on the correct article so that we can get some idea of the context of your comment? Please also forgive me if this seems a little pedantic, but you refer to him as ‘Mr Lee’. That’s actually his Christian name, not his surname. He changed his original name to Lee Graham many years ago. You wouldn’t call someone named John Smith, Mr John, would you? Finally, I don’t see anything at all in your comment that might open you to accusations of being racist, so why are you issuing what seems like some sort of betting challenge to the readers of the EWN involving a solicitor? That seems a bit OTT to me.
      Yours, mystified,
      Brian Eagleson


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