A special person
It is a call from one person that makes my day, if I am not doing well her reassurance cheers me up,when she says "Don't worry, its o.k. dear",all the worries just disappear and yes she is my MOM.
During childhood we had very beautiful fables and stories down there in India. And one was of a king who had his life stuck in his parrot. The story revolved around how the king guarded that parrot and how if anything happened to the parrot, pain was eventually felt by the king. The same thing I feel God has done in case of every mother on this earth, eventually it is the mother's heart that aches if the child is in any trouble.
My mother has been a typical Indian homemaker. From typical I don't mean orthodox or conservative rather a devoted mom and wife who sacrificed her career to be available to her family 24*7. But the problem arises when children are all grown up and ready to move to different parts of the country or rather world for better careers and lives. It is then the empty nest syndrome creeps in. But being a strong lady that she always is, she never held us back rather gave us the wings to fly.
She stood rock solid behind me when I decided to marry into another faith (Inter- religion marriages still raise eyebrows and are not fully accepted by the society mostly in small towns in India) or when my brother dropped out of the premier institute to start his own venture (because in both the cases we had annoyed our dad).
But wheresoever we are mom,your life long teachings are with us; to value relationships; to have faith and to never stop learning and surprising the family!!
Yes, she really surprised the whole family when in her early fifties she took to classical singing. As much as i remember i have only heard her singing when we played antakshari ( it is an asian subcontinent version for popular pastime games like 'word chain' or 'last and first' but here players use songs rather than words). And she became an example of courage and determination for us when she performed in front of a fully packed auditorium. God knows when will I be able to stand up and face so many audiences!!
At last i would say my love to all mom's and may no child be deprived of this unconditional love.