Sunday, May 13, 2012

Muttertag - Mother's Day

I thought a little German lesson on the word "Mother" might come in handy on this day...

  • Muttersprache: mother tongue, note that it's Vaterland, the fathers own the land - the moms the language
  • Muttersoehnchen: mama's boy
  • Mutterkuchen: placenta
  • Muttermilch: breast milk
  • Mutterliebe: a mother's love
  • Muttererde: the original earth a plant was grown in, that you must use when planting a potted plant
  • Mutterschaft: the state of being a mother
  • Mutterschutz: the act of protecting women who are pregnant and cannot be fired in Germany because of their pregnancy, pregnant women can keep their job for up to 3 years after giving birth.
  • Mutterschutzgesetz: laws protecting mothers, see above

mutterseelenallein: the state of feeling totally lost and forgotten by all souls on earth - even your mother, kind of how I felt on my birthday this year when none of my 4 sisters from Germany called me since my mother was not there to remind them...

Seems like I can still smell the bouquet of fresh cut lavender I gave you when I was a child.

I miss you, Mama.

I hope all you mothers have a good day today! And please do call your mom.


MamaWestWind said...

Happy Mother's Day to you!


germandolls said...

Thank you, Becca! Hope you had a good one too!