Story & photos by Ronald de los Reyes
OUR mothers will always have a special place in our lives—and this exclusive spot is something that’s truly irreplaceable. This scribe even further realized this significance early this year when my wife’s mom suddenly passed away due to a certain unknown virus that affected her brain and eventually shut down her nervous system in just a couple of weeks. The tragedy proved disastrous, especially to my wife who was said to be the closest to her mother. Since the profound loss affected her dearly, it has cost this her job, family and social life and sadly, truth be told, even her sanity. For our own family, it was debilitating—to say the least, most especially on my part as I also had to deal with my own personal woes.
Throughout this course, I kept covering events for the motoring industry, despite the torturous perdition back at home. Good thing, one event that eventually allowed me to catch the drift and even further grasp the importance of motherhood was when I chanced upon celebrity mothers, radio DJ Delamar Arias and commercial model Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez during Ford Philippines’s inaugural Driving Skills For Life (DSFL) customized program for parents and their off springs dubbed as: “Ford Family Safety Day,” which was held at the MegaTent Events Venue in Libis, Quezon City.
Here, I later on learned that Arias, too, suffered a recent tragedy when she lost her only daughter during childbirth wherein her immense grief for such was just unfathomable. With all these, I couldn’t help but ponder about that unspeakable bond between mother and child together with the important values of Ford’s global road-safety campaign in the community. The two separate topics may not be related at the onset. But the meaningful activities that transpired during their recent event allowed me to discern general principles that established a connection between the two. This, in a way, also helped me somehow understand what my wife was going through in her arduous road to recovery—even if it was only meant to simplify her predicament and attempt to describe the ineffable.
According to world-renowned Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, all humans are born with an innate capacity to recognize, seek out and attach to a mother or a mother figure is whom we look up to for safety, care and protection.
Hence, since we’re truly endeared by the great impact they have created in our lives, this writer prepared four reasons why motherhood and Ford’s road-safety campaign go hand in hand.
Their care is unwavering
Call it nagging, but mothers can do it all day since their concern for their children is relentless. They might usually be considered the less popular one compared to the fathers, but pestering their kids about those daily needed assignments for school or endless household chores eventually pays off when their children become self-sufficient and responsible grown-ups.
Likewise, one may be tired of local DSFL facilitator JP Tuason’s lectures on road-safety for 11 years now, but the group’s proud that it has already produced more than 22,000 Filipino road safety advocates.
In fact, globally, Ford has already “mothered” over 1 million individuals in over 50 states and 35 countries in a span of 15 years.
“It usually starts with a lecture and is followed by actual on-road driving exercises,” shared Tuason.
Lagdamaeo-Martinez, a mother of three, was even impressed with what she learned from the seminar.
“There are things that you should remember and should always be reminded of,” she said.
“It’s truly eye-opening.”
They love unconditionally
For parents, particularly the mother, seeing their children happy is already the reward itself—no need for big applauses and recognitions.
Ford’s simple satisfaction, on the other hand, comes from knowing that drivers and their passengers are safe behind their cars.
“We just want you to be safe out there on the road,” EJ Francisco, Ford Philippines assistant vicepresident for communications even doled out.
Safety begins at home
Like anything else, parents strive to be good role models for their kids to emulate. The same goes with Ford, as well.
“The minute you have kids, their safety is paramount,” shared Arias, who compared how her life was when she was just single from being a mother now changed her whole perspective.
“Your kids now look up to you,” she added.
They’re your BFFs
Mothers have carried their children in their wombs for nine months, gave them life, raised them and it’s only fitting that they’d always be there for their kids through thick and thin—to be their ultimate “best friend forever.”
Now, the valuable lessons learned from the seminars, meanwhile, are essential in preventing accidents from happening. They will be one’s life-saver, their lucky charm for a lifetime. That’s why it’s even named “Driving Skills for Life” to begin with.
There may perhaps be more attributes to mention. But from these, I basically believe that to be able to be effective in promoting, enforcing and inculcating road safety, one must have the attitude and mind-set of a mother. The one who tirelessly cares, loves whole-heartedly without anything in return, is a role model and an eternal best friend.
Image credits: Ronald de los Reyes