Μάνα είναι μόνο μία… An ode to all our beautiful mothers

"A mother is the angel that's there to guide you even when you think you've lost your way!"

The relationship between mother and daughter is a sacred one; adoring, complicated, challenging and everlasting.

As mothers and daughters, we all connect with one another.

So, what is it that makes that Greek phrase ‘Μάνα είναι μόνο μία‘ resonate with us all? Maybe because a mother is the first one to know you, the first one to see you cry, the first one to love you, the first one to touch you, the first one to listen to you, to accept you, to challenge you, to forgive you, to cry with you, console you, defend you, question you, discipline and stay up late with you, worry about you, celebrate your joys and teach you compassion, integrity and patience…

Sad is anyone who loses their mother, their guiding light.

For this year’s Mother’s Day, we asked some of our readers to tell us how the phrase ‘Μάνα είναι μόνο μια’ resonates with them…

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Here is what they had to say:

Dimitra Andritsakis with her mother Katina: “A mother’s love is unconditional and knows no boundaries. She loves like no other and feels her children’s pain like no other. She puts herself second and her children first.”

Kate, 11, with her mother Dimitra: “My mum is special to me. She is very supportive, and I feel completely comfortable going to her with any problems I have, as I know she will do her best to help me. She is also my personal hairdresser. She loves me with all her heart and gives me happy vibes.”

Stratis, 12, with his mother, Dimitra, and sister Katie: “My mum is special because she is always there for me. She makes me laugh and knows how to make me happy when I’m sad. She helps me with my homework when I get stuck. She’s my ‘go to person’ if things get hard.”

Doris Falidis Nickolas with mum, Nikki: “A mother’s unconditional love is made of deep devotion. It is endless and selfless. Being around my mother is like having an angel around me. Beautiful aura and light.”

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Jeanie Pantahos with her beloved mother Maria Desyllas, who passed away 10 years ago: “Precious, unique and never forgotten. I miss her every day.”

Anthea Stavrinakis, 27 years old with her mother Sally and sister Stephanie: “Μάνα είναι μόνο μια because she is the most courageous, strongest, bravest and patient woman I know.”

Maria Paneras, 47 years old with her mother Vasiliki…
“My mother is the reason I am who I am today. She is the one that taught me how to love, appreciate and cherish my life and the people around me and she is the reason I am the mother I am to my beautiful children today.”

Nafsika Kiriakakis with her mother Eva: “A mother supports her children through everything and never lets them down.”

Mum Maria, with Victoria, Julia and Olivia.

Victoria, 17:”My mum is always there for me like no one else. She gives me advice for the future and always cares about me and my wellbeing.”
Julia, 15: “I wouldn’t be who I am as a person today without my mum. The lessons she has taught me have defined me and will help me through future challenges later in life.”
Olivia, 11:”My mum makes every moment special and is always there for me when I need her for a hug, a kiss or to just talk.”

 

Stephanie Stavrinakis, 25: “Μάνα είναι μόνο μια because… she is the one who is always there to believe in me, support me and give me the amazing life I have.”


Petula Columbus, 67 years old: “A mother is the one that sacrifices everything for you. Waits for the bad and the good with you. A mother knows everything about you and shares unconditional love and compassion for her family. A Mother is the family leader, the healer, the nurturer and teacher of life.”