Mothers: A Positive Face in Resilience
Not a time to celebrate just yet—the transitioning to a General Community Quarantine from the Enhanced Community Quarantine doesn’t mean that we have finally flattened the curve or that cases have dwindled down the past few days. Entering the General Community Quarantine period only means that more businesses and establishments reopen and go back to operations to save the economy from crashing. But in the tourism industry, establishments continue to strive keeping things afloat while not being able to operate.
As hotels and other resorts slowly announce their indefinite closure and laying off half of their manpower, Malagos Garden Resort established Malagos Homegrown Produce immediately at the height of the outbreak announcement in March with only the goal in mind of not having to close for the sake of its employees, including farmers and their families whom showed the same resilience in the face of adversity. Another positive identity in the face of adversity are our mothers.
Mothers and resilience often go together like peas in a pod. We often see this determination in mothers from every corner of the globe. Their resilience and optimism fuels hope that if we offer tangible support to the mothers in our midst, we will foster a generation of resourceful, resilient, compassionate young adults.
Recently having celebrated Mother’s Day, we showcased each of our mothers as the “strongest women” we know for having endured years of fostering us into the same persons who stand strong amidst this current pandemic. Despite quarantine restrictions, people sought for safe solutions to offer their mothers something special for their special day. Malagos Homegrown Produce paid homage to mothers and to Mother Nature with bountiful harvests packed in hand woven bayong matched with a bouquet of flowers which sold out immediately a day after it was announced, showing our sincere appreciation not just of our own mothers but of the mothers of the world.
As Stay Kaiser, a psychotherapist and author, puts it, “To be a parent takes patience, grit and an endless reservoir of love and affection. It also takes resilience—that partly innate, mostly learned, ability to bounce back from life’s little spills and giant collapses so that you can move forward with a sense of peace and happiness.”