Motherhood Around The World: Photos From My Travels And Sent In From Readers

Motherhood is as ubiquitous to human life as is its meaning and impact impossible to overstate.

Perhaps this is why it’s as easy to take our mothers and motherhood for granted as it is to express endlessly to them and upon it. On this Mother’s Day 2017, let’s let some pictures of motherhood worldwide do the talking–some I’ve captured from my travels, others sent in from readers.


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Matriarchal great-grandmother of this farmstead in rural central China, standing in front in light-blue top holding the shoulder of her daughter


Another slice of life in Beijing.

But who needs words with a baby in arms. Awwww.

Hold on to that baby for dear life. But who knows? Maybe it’s a watermelon or something.


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Generations 1 and 5
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Minnesota mom with 12 kids in the 1950s



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Mother sits back with baby while daughter performs song for money



Reader’s Submissions:

Mom left, daughter right.

Four generations of motherhood!
Five generations of motherhood!

To all mothers near and far,

Happy Mother’s Day!


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