In this week’s challenge, show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument. A legendary coffeehouse, a churchyard cemetery, the remains of a treehouse you’d built as a kid — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.
This monument is in El Parque de Madres (the park of mothers). It’s a small park in an ordinary urban setting that you could easily drive by every day and not notice. The background isn’t remarkable, and the sun tends to shine on everything but the front so it’s not photogenic. But, the other day I decided to bike over and take a closer look, and I was very touched by the words on the monument.
Panama and the Latin cultures have a very high respect for mothers. Mother’s Day here is more important than Christmas, and not just to sell cards and gifts. It is to honor the mothers in your family and among your friends. I also see the respect and support given to mothers on a daily basis.