Sweet Mother I’m Coming Home

by Translation Guy on May 7, 2010

I remember a Mother’s Day a long time ago, me with my red wagon loaded with uprooted daffodils for Mom’s garden, she down on one knee, the most gentle of interrogators, flattered at the offering, but worried that my little bro and I had pulled them up out of some neighbor’s yard―a deed we would have joyfully committed to gain her an inch of bliss, but in this case, not necessary; we just found flowers dug up next to an abandoned cellar out in the woods. This scene in all the golden light that has invaded my childhood memories just as if my whole life had been transferred to 8 mm reels and then left to fade on the top shelf of the closet.

This will be the first Mother’s Day I have no Mom to give flowers to, and the thought of laying a bouquet on her grave is beyond my G-force tolerance. This is what I’m thinking when I watch the latest spot from the WWF, “Monkey.” Its one of those viral sci-fi-y spots that WWF has been putting up on YouTube, like the one that outraged me on 9/11 (you can find my thoughts on the video here). Ben Lee’s “Song for the Divine Mother of the Universe” is the only track and the “surprise” ending is straight out of Planet of the Apes. Great old monkey.  How this ad is supposed to inspire me to save the planet remains unclear; however, I am happy to subvert it to my own emotional needs. It’s tough to be an orphan, even for old space monkeys who’ve orbited the planet a few thousand times.

Listening to the song makes me miss my Mom. So I listen to it again.

What this has to do with language, I cannot say.  Instead, I invite you to miss your Mom too. And, if you can, bring her some flowers this Sunday.


  1. Interesting, that on the same day as you write about ‘great old monkeys’ and digging up flowers…they discovered that Neanderthals are part of the DNA of many Europeans(and North Americans)…If you spent more time in the office and less time blogging about ‘Planet of the Apes’ you may have been able to retire already

    Happy Mother’s day and sorry about your loss.

  2. Luis L'amour says:

    Your letter almost made me cry Ken, great thoughts

  3. I’m sooo sorry for you loss, your mother would have loved this

  4. Carter says:

    That is a very wamr memory you have of your mother Ken, thanks for the smile :-)

  5. Happy Mother’s day to all!

  6. Arianna F says:

    That’s an awesome wwf video, but shouldn’t all that money be going to wildlife and not film production?

  7. Juan Carlos says:

    Those monkeys are freaky they look so life-like

  8. Twitcher says:

    Re. Arianna’s comment, they also need to make money to spend on wildlife by attracting donors. How? By marketing themselves. Ken, the message is quite clear, and it is an obvious spoof of the movie (man destroying his own planet). We don’t have to go this route if we work towards preserving our environment instead of destroying it.

  9. Jenn says:

    I have a similar lack of strength when it comes to my dad’s grave. It is nice to know that I am not alone in this.

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