Mother Of Mine!

She broke the bread into two fragments, and gave them to her children, who ate with eagerness.
“She hath saved none for herself” said the sergeant
“Because she is not hungry” said the soldier
“No” said the sergeant “Because she is a mother”

Don’t worry you will win for sure, I will pray for you” she told me. I was very nervous and felt like I would throw up anytime. I was in class 10 back then and was contesting the elections for the SPL (School Pupil Leader). At that time it was like contesting for the PM elections. Being young and naive, all I could think of was what would happen if I lost? How would I show my face to the world if I didn’t make it. But these words from my mom seemed to magically relax me. Only a mother can know when her child is afraid and only she can make him feel better. I went and won!

A few years later when I decided to enter the medical profession and so had given my entrance exams for the same, came one of the biggest tests in my life. Sitting in the “counseling center” in Bangalore waiting for my turn to pick a seat in one of the colleges, the familiar feeling of what I would do if I didn’t get one was boring a hole through my mind. So many students and such few colleges. The thought still frightens me to this day 12 years later. I managed to get a seat. It was only then that I came to know that my mom had been praying at home for the entire hour that I was in the counseling room, kneeling down.

These are just 2 instances of the countless ones where my mom has been my support. The relationship between a mother and child is a bond that is unimaginably strong. Right from the time a mother carries her child for 9 months till the end of time she keeps the bond strong. Its as if a mother  has made a secret promise to someone, a promise that no one else can see or understand to look after her child with all her might. Whether you are 3 years old or 30 years old, you are always a child in your mothers eyes.She picked me from school, helped me with my homework, played with me, prepared my most favorite dishes and put me to bed. Its as if she didnt have a life of her own, she was more bothered about making my life! She taught me to read, taught me to be polite, taught me what is right and what is wrong. She did all this without ever saying NO to me and without spoiling me. She would encourage me to participate in events and competitions and always tell me that I’m the best even if I didn’t win. You are always a winner in the eyes of your mother, aren’t you? From keeping a check on me during exam nights to keeping my tiffin box ready during the school days even if it meant waking up at 5 in the morning EVERYDAY, to sending me to school in the cleanest of hand washed uniforms my mother has done it all for me.

Being a mother is thankless job. She doesn’t expect anything on her birthday or Mothers Day. She does everything without expecting anything in return. Her biggest joy is in seeing her child do well. I hope I have done well at least for her sake if not mine!

I end this with possibly one of the best tributes ever given to a mother in the voice of Neil Reid. This song epitomizes what a mother is to a child!

Mother of mine you gave to me, all of my life to do as I please,
I owe everything I have to you,
Mother sweet mother of mine.

Mother of mine when I was young
You showed me the right way things had to be done,
Without your arms where would I be,
Mother sweet mother of mine.

Mother you gave me happiness, much more than words can say,
I thank the lord let me breathe with you, every night and every day.

Mother of mine now I am grown and I can walk straight all on my own,
I’d like to give you what you gave to me,
Mother sweet mother of mine.

Mother of mine now I am grown and I can walk straight all on my own,
I’d like to give you what you gave to me,
Mother sweet mother of mine.





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