The smiling mother with her three happy children surrounding her, is a figure of feminine forces and love, which reminded... Read More
smiling mother with her three happy children surrounding her, is a figure of
feminine forces and love, which reminded me of the symbolism of a partridge.
She watches over and protects her offspring. She is a nurturing caregiver, a
teacher, an entertainer, and a role model. She is the essence of not only
physical fertility, but also of the birth of other things such as emotions and
ideas. The golden hearts represent the unconditional and devoted love of a
mother to her children. They are a very popular symbol in American culture that
I grew up on, and can be considered as kitsch, however that connected perfectly
to the ornate designs I discovered in Budapest. The tombstone in this
photograph belongs to a three-year-old Hungarian boy. There is no loss as great
as that of a child.