When I checked out the Wikipedia on Mother’s Day, I found out that this special day is celebrated on different dates all over the world. Some make it to coincide with Women’s Day or with Queen’s birthday, etc. In Malaysia, we celebrate it on the first Sunday in the month of May, and this year it falls on 8th of May. To all Mothers, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO YOU!
I know I’m going to be very busy this weekend (not just for mother’s day) so, I decide to post it now. To me, everyday is Mother’s Day and I’m sure many will agree with me. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc have been heavily commercialised, but good for service providers. Anyway, as long as people are happy, what is there to complain, right?
Ahhh, Mother! For me, it takes one to know one. When I was just a daughter, I didn’t understand a Mother’s Gift. I won’t call it a sacrifice because she does it most willingly. Sacrifice to me is to give up something for something. Too much of such sacrifice over a period of time may one day breed discontent and resentment on the person who is on the giving side.
Mother gives a lot of herself away to her children to ensure that each grows up well and into good individuals . She never stops worrying about her children and wishing them well in her prayers. She would willingly cook up our favourite food when we are home, though she may be suffering from chronic back ache. She would dismiss your idea of dining out because she loves and enjoys cooking for us. Her cooking is always the best in the world because besides all the spices and ingredients, she puts in generous portions of her love. She is also quick to understand the lack of visits from her grown-up children, knowing everyone is busy making a living and being with their own family. She never once complains about anything, except enjoying the good company of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. I can’t quite sum up my Mom -no words seems good enough to describe what she has done for all of us.
If you take Mother as a job, you’ll understand this job doesn’t have annual leave, medical leave, 24×7 (who complains about 8-10 hours job 5 day week, think again!), no pay (perhaps), no promotion, no raise, no recognition, no bonus, no job specs because she literally does everything that even put the CEOs to shame (being a wife, mother, chef, maid, chauffeur, tutor, disciplinarian, food taster, scheduler, time-keeper, administrator, negotiator, accountant/auditor, dietician, walking dictionary/library, cheerleader, motivator, no.1 fan, party organiser, PR manager, fashion advisor, personal coach, mentor, change agent, you name it). The one sure thing about Mother is that, she tirelessly goes around completing her tasks and would not sleep till all are in order. She doesn’t play politics or waste time.
There’s so much to say about a Mother. You know more about your own mother. We don’t have to treat her better once a year, on Mother’s Day. Everyday is Mother’s Day. When you pray at night, pray for her too. If you can’t make it back to visit her, you can always call her, weekly calls are not too much to ask for. She just needs to hear your voice and knows that everyone at home is well. Allow your children to get to know her too – she’s their grandmother. When you are back, help her around her kitchen – if you can’t and have a wife, get your wife to help your mom, instead of everyone sitting in the living room waiting to be served! Oh yes, this scenario is common in modern families. If there’s nothing left to be done, hang around to keep her company, while she stirs up yummy food. She also needs to hear about your life and you could also ask her about hers. Don’t be strangers and please, please do not take her for granted. It is time to let her put up her legs and we the children serve her. She doesn’t ask for lots of money. She just silently ask for a little bit of attention, is all. That doesn’t cost you much (if at all), isn’t it?
For those who felt a little tug at the heart while reading this, I hope you’ll do something different from today onwards. If she is not living nearby, give her a call. If she is here, show her how much you appreciate her presence and your love for her. I sincerely hope that you’d do that to put the smile back on her face or maybe make her smile goes from her face to her heart! You like that? Do it then. It’s as simple as ABC or 123.
If I can hug all mothers, I would love to do that. But, it is impossible to reach so many of you. So, would you just allow me to give you an e-hug ((((((<3)))))).
Let’s spread our joy and love around. May you all enjoy your weekend!