Timeless & Unconditional / Eterno e Incondicional 

Motherly love

 

Quinta Avdok, Av. Páez, Plaza Washington, Urb. El Paraíso, Caracas (1968)

(English version follows below). El amor maternal, según aquel libro afamado de Eric Fromm, es uno más de entre varios tipos de amores. Es difícil examinar objetivamente el amor maternal porque uno mismo es un beneficiario afortunado de tal amor. Hasta que un buen día, miras la relación de tu propia esposa con sus hijos (tus hijos) y ves cómo el amor maternal se replica identicamente. Aquel libro infantil del autor canadiense Robert Munsch “I love you forever” lo dice como es: todo amor maternal comparte dos características. Por una parte,  dura para siempre y es indiferente a la edad de la hija. Por otra parte, el amor maternal es completamente incondicional. La foto de arriba de mi propia mamá y mi hermano Andrés (aún bebé) fué genialmente capturada en filmina Ektachrome de 35mm por Pablo José allá en 1968, año en el que se celebraron las olimpíadas de verano en la ciudad de Méjico *

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Motherly love is, according to that widely known Eric Fromm’s book, just one among many other types of love. It is hard to examine this motherly love business because, after all, I am a fortunate beneficiary of such love. Until one day, you take a hard look at your spouse’s relationship with her children (your children too) and you see how maternal love replicates itself. As described by Canadian writer Robert Munsch, author of countless children books, in his “I love you forever” story: all motherly love shares always two traits. On one hand, it lasts forever and does not discriminates on the basis of the kid’s age. On the other hand, motherly love is totally unconditional.  The photo above of my own mother and baby brother Andrés was gloriously snapped on Ektachrome 35mm slide film by Pablo José back in that year of 1968, the year of the summer Olympics in Mexico City *

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