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I love you mummy: Mums speak of their greatest gifts

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th May 2003 03:00 AM

Joyce Male, Headmistress Gayaza High School: Huh, why are you ambushing me? Okay. They really love me. They look after me well, when I am sick

Joyce Male, Headmistress Gayaza High School: Huh, why are you ambushing me? Okay. They really love me. They look after me well, when I am sick

Mothers’ Day Fact file:
  • Started with Greek spring celebrations to honour Rhea, the mother of gods.
  • In 1600 Mothering Sunday in Britain begins.
  • In 1872, Julia Ward Howe organises Mothers’ Day in Boston.
  • 1907, Ana May Jarvis campaigns for establishment of Mothers’ Day in US, two years after her mother’s death.
  • 1914 US. President Woodrow Wilson makes the day official.

    Joyce Male, Headmistress Gayaza High School
    Huh, why are you ambushing me? Okay. They really love me. They look after me well, when I am sick. But I usually forget my birthdays so the last time it happened, they gave me a special gift. It was a plaque with wordings like ‘We love you mum, you mean a lot to us.’ I have three daughters and one son.

    Morine Wavamunno, Executive Director Spear House:
    My children have done several things for me. However, on Mothers’ Day in 2000, I was still in bed when they knocked on my door. When I opened, all the four children were there with my breakfast that they had prepared themselves. They also had a card and each of them had written something special as why I am the best mum. I will never forget that day.

    Joystna Ruparelia, Ruparellia group of companies:
    Oh wow. When we went water rafting, my 13-year-old son Ranjiv rescued himself from the waters and immediately run to me to see whether I was safe. Can you imagine a 13-year-old boy doing that? I was so overwhelmed.

    Airosi Kamugasa Ateenyi, retired teacher
    They love me so much. It is the greatest thing loving me as their mother and taking me as their sister. On Mothers’ Day in 2001, my daughter Lydia gave me a nice card. She also gave me a very expensive Kitooro traditional suit known as esootu. It comprised of ekitambi, ekiteteyi and esuuka. Unfortunately, I lost it on the plane from London.

    Ruth Kavuma, Women MP Kalangala District:
    My daughter Barbara Nanono Kavuma is my best friend. She opens up to me. We even share the same birthday. In 1989, I had a heart operation and she was there for me. We are the best of friends.

    Sarah Kitakule, Chairperson Uganda Entrepreneurs Association:
    Oh my God! When I was depressed after a disappointment, my six-year-old daughter Sheba Nakayaga said that she wouldn’t go out playing and spent all her time with me, trying to console me.

    Florence Kata, Executive Director Uganda Export Promotions Board:
    I have many. Simply loving me. But my daughter who is in Senior Two saved her pocket money and when she came back for holidays, she gave me sh30,000. She said she wanted me to know that she realises the difficulties I go through everyday.

    Constance Basisa, Executive Director Uganda Cocoa Association
    Ah ah. They appreciate what I do for them. They know that I am a single parent yet they are still very young. There is a way they appreciate. I can’t explain it better.

    Dr Maggie Kigozi, Executive Director Uganda Investment Authority:
    Let me think. Uh uh. They do so many things for me. How do I pick one? They always remember my birthday and Mothers’ Day and then send me a nice cake. And the fact that they were born and still exist is just wonderful. I have three nice children.

    Muzaana Miriam Walugembe
    My daughter Princess Nvannungi, a CBS Radio presenter has done so much for me. She bought a plot of land for me at Nkoowe. She takes care of her siblings, paying all the expenses. She is my hubby, my friend, my sister, my everything. There are times when I am extremely sick and get into a coma and she is always there for me. She has done a lot.

    Mary Mutyaba, Manager Crane Publishers:
    Oh oh, Beat Mutyaba, my daughter gave me a very good present by graduating at Makerere University a few years ago. Beat is a newsreader at CBS FM. You know there are so many children who fail to finish their studies. That is the greatest thing she has done for me.

    I love you mummy: Mums speak of their greatest gifts

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