Minister of Social Care Central Steve Blackett treated 140 of the people whom he described as society’s “backbone” to a luncheon at the Tropical Winds Hotel in Long Bay, St Philip yesterday.
The Mother’s Day event saw mothers – young and old – being provided with a delicious meal and gifts, participating in a fun karaoke competition, and generally having a relaxing time.
Blackett, in his brief address, said he had much respect for those who perform the role of mother, because he believes they are the backbone of Barbadian society.
In his case, the St Michael South MP has that feeling towards his grandmother.
“I was raised by my paternal grandmother, a strong and resolute woman named Louis Josephine Pinder who offered me the best upbringing that any child would have wanted. And it is for this reason that I have developed a strong appreciation for grandparents’ love, more so than parental love, as my parents did not play an integral part in my life,” he shared with Barbados TODAY.
Blackett’s love for the older caregivers was demonstrated as he presented hampers to senior mothers in the audience, including 95-year-old mother of five and grandmother and great grandmother to several, Celestine Edey.
His wife, Eleanor Blackett, also surprised Arriel George, a young mother of a newborn girl, with a hamper.
Meantime, other people who were not among the guests at the luncheon celebrated Mother’s Day with a meal at the Tropical Winds Hotel as well.
Among them were Denise King’s daughters, who told Barbados TODAY it was their first time at the establishment and they were pleased they had made the choice to celebrate there with their mother.