A truly International Women’s Day: an English poem from Uzbekistan

International Women’s Day (IWD) gets a bit of news in Canada, but it doesn’t rank up there in public holidays like many places in the world.

In my travels last year to West and Central Asia, I found that for many countries IWD ranks in the top 10 of big holidays, along with Nooruz (Persian/regional New Year) and Independence Days (from the Soviet Union).

On one of my van trips in Uzbekistan, I sat in the back row with a young man keen on practicing any and all English he knew. Here is my IWD gift from him to you (and our mothers)…

Mother, mother, mother
I love you very much.
I hope you’re very happy
On the 8th of March.

Van in Uzbekistan
Hot and sticky in the Uzbek desert