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Mother’s love

A simple soul…

She was born in a conservative middle class family. She had a flair for learning, and education helped her get out of the shackles of  age old thinking and orthodox customs…

She braved all odds and joined work in a place that neither she nor her family had ever heard of, which was a courageous thing to do in her time!

She gave her three girl children the freedom to think and to do the things, that would have been unthinkable in the place where she came from…

She never craved for a boy baby, at least her girl children never sensed such a thing…

She sometimes didnt let them go for the school trips, it was her love and some protective instincts that took over from time to time…

She refused to invest in gold jewelry and dowry for her daughters, since she believed in the investment called education…

She didnt choose the ‘reservations’ way, for she believed in her children’s ability…

She sometimes warned them to beware of their friends’ intentions, she didnt want them to be hurt for trusting…

She only trusted cool cottons, and her daughters followed suit…

She was a natural… no lipsticks and nail enamels, no fancy jewelery and accessories for her, and… her daughters never craved for these…

She efficiently multi-tasked, making everything seem effortless; its only now that they realize how difficult it would have been with 3 kids!

She saved up on auto fare and walked to work; just so that she could spend some more on her children…

She rejected the supposedly good marriage proposals that came, in favour of higher education for the girls…

She made sure that they are well educated and hoped that they secure financial independence…

She didnt talk about feminism or equal rights, but lived it… making her children believe that there’s no other way to live…

She instilled in them, values and a sense of pride, rather than traditions and customs. She made them what they are !!

She never taught them using words but endeavoured to imbue the lessons through her actions.

She was a visionary in her own way, our Mom!!

An year ago, on Mother’s day, overcome by emotions, i started this blog! Today, i fondly remember my mother and think of all that she has passed on to us. A blog post can never do justice to my feelings… coz they would fill an ocean and more. Nevertheless, i’m writing down some of the very significant things that have touched and shaped our lives!! Hoping to pass on these values to our children!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and also to the children who celebrate their mothers!

ETA: Added a few more thoughts and nominating this post to BlogAdda’s ‘Tribute to your Mom‘ contest. Here’s a gift for my mom, courtsey Pringoo .. though words can never tell how much we miss her! Also seen on the sidebar.


09-09-09..

While plodding on your way
The toilsome road of life
How few the friends that daily there you meet
Not many will stand by
In trouble and in strife
With counsel and affection ever sweet.
But there is one whose smile
Will ever on you beam
Whose love is dearer far than any other
And wherever you may turn
This lesson you shall learn
A girl’s best friend is her mother.
Then cherish her with care
And smooth her silvery hair
When gone – you’ll never get another
And wherever you may turn
This lesson you shall learn
A girl’s best friend is her mother
Though all the world may frown
And every friend depart
She will never forsake you in your need
Your refuge evermore
Is still within her heart
For you her loving sympathy will plead
Her pure and gentle smile
Will ever cheer your way
Her love is sweeter far than any other.
And wherever you may turn
This lesson you shall learn
A girl’s best friend is her mother.
Then cherish her with care
And smooth her silvery hair
When gone – you’ll never get another
And wherever you may turn
This lesson you shall learn
A girl’s best friend is her mother.

A decade has gone by … since the day you left us. Nevertheless…we feel your presence …in a magical way. We miss you dear mom…but somewhere deep within we believe that you are with us…to bless us…to enthuse us…to guide us.

We feel you in all our little happy moments and small successes. We turn to you for courage in our troubled moments. We have not been lucky to have you with us…but we are blessed to have been born to you…we are blessed to have received the precious gift of love…the love and support that we share amongst us…that which has been nourished and nurtured by you. Thank You Mom!

Here is a lovely poem that I had come across in one of my web trails…it is very close to my heart and echoes my feelings….

While plodding on your way

The toilsome road of life

How few the friends that daily there you meet

Not many will stand by

In trouble and in strife

With counsel and affection ever sweet.

But there is one whose smile

Will ever on you beam

Whose love is dearer far than any other

And wherever you may turn

This lesson you shall learn

A girl’s best friend is her mother.

Then cherish her with care

And smooth her silvery hair

When gone – you’ll never get another

And wherever you may turn

This lesson you shall learn

A girl’s best friend is her mother

Though all the world may frown

And every friend depart

She will never forsake you in your need

Your refuge evermore

Is still within her heart

For you her loving sympathy will plead

Her pure and gentle smile

Will ever cheer your way

Her love is sweeter far than any other.

And wherever you may turn

This lesson you shall learn

A girl’s best friend is her mother.

Then cherish her with care

And smooth her silvery hair

When gone – you’ll never get another

And wherever you may turn

This lesson you shall learn

A girl’s best friend is her mother.

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