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Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 2 May 2019

This weekend we celebrate the Mother’s Day and we should all benefit from the key dates. Now, I’ve been writing this blog for so long and I do my best to avoid being repetitive with the speeches and the books, but this time I can’t help it, mainly for two reasons.

The first because the ultimate book for this day cannot be other than “Una madre” (a mother) by Alejandro Palomas, that has been just published in Colombia, Chile and Argentina, an audience where I believe the book will find a safe prominent place. And secondly, because I can’t stop talking well about a mother like mine. A person like my mother, with her strength, has been an example to me and many of the things I am are thanks to her. A strong person, hardworking, and who has always known what to do and how to do it. With me, she has also been affectionate but she has also known how to tell me the truths, sometimes painful, and with her full support, because she was there for the good and the bad, and for this reason I think I can be here today writing this blog.

In the same way I’m here with my own agency, which will be 20 years old very soon, the path of which has not been easy at all because it is a very difficult job, but thanks to her I can say that I’m still here and I hope to continue with desire and passion. Now, it is my turn to look ahead but now my mother has to retire from work, get off this train, and enjoy the quiet and slow life, and even though she keeps coming every once in a while, because she is in love with her work, my mother knows that she must leave the baton to those who are coming who, fortunately, are my brothers, and together we will continue to build this small house of dreams. We will now enjoy a mother outside the office, that will also be very healthy, with time to devote to whatever she wants besides her grandchildren, another of her passions, and us, because she has never abandoned us, but from the balcony of life. Work will always be one of the important parts of her life but now it will be secondary, and I’m sure her smile will shine brighter. We will be able to enjoy only the familiar moments, the everyday, the small things, which in the end are the biggest.

Like Amalia, that in Alejandro’s book is an example of happy person but very concerned for her children, even if it doesn’t look like it. She helps them from this balcony of life, where I believe that the mothers know how to see things from a different perspective and are capable of saying those things that we don’t dare to say, or that perhaps we still can’t say. Because mothers are always unique, special and essential, because each of us know that her mother is the best and we are all right about that. Fer, Amalia’s son, knows it, and that’s why the novel is so special, because it’s an ode to mothers, with their flaws and virtues, their strong and weak points. Palomas has captured this with words, which is a very difficult thing to do, because the deep feelings are complicated to put on paper, like it’s happening to my right now, but he made it. And moreover, Palmoas has found the way to make readers cry and laugh at the same time, and they close the book with a good taste in their mouth and thinking I want more. And they got it, because as many of you know, the world of Alejandro Palomas is big, and he links one book to another, even you can read them separately. Here you have a link with the work you can enjoy of this author, who is also special and unique. A big writer, a big novel… And the mothers, great women that are indispensable, and to me, one of the most important pillar of my life.

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