Over the years, my mother and I have grown close. I guess it’s because as I have grown older, I have realized just how much she has always loved me. Plus the fact that I am now older and we can have a conversation based on our interests (which are almost the same).
This year has started with a lot of firsts for me. It was the first time I spent Easter away from my parents, the first time I missed my father’s birthday, the first time I missed being close to my mum on mother’s day, and the first time I missed her birthday. I know there will be many more firsts but oh well, I am now making my future.
Thing with our family is, we celebrate everyone’s birthday, and all other relevant holidays. We are such a close knit family and any opportunity we get to celebrate, we ensure we do it. After all, you only have one family and one life to live, so why not live it all out?
Mum celebrated her birthday this past week, and like I mentioned, I missed it. Incidentally, her birthday fell on the Royal Wedding date so I was in a wedding mood (I love weddings). This time on her birthday, I had purposed to do something extra special for her. It turned out I would not be around to have it executed, as I thought I would. (Mum, I know you’re reading this, there’ll be many more opportunities to do this).
On the day of her birthday, I woke up at 5am, not because I was going to work, but because an idea struck me. This is what I want to share with you people today. The lessons my mother has taught me thus far.
Every time I read Proverbs 31, I think about mom. She is that kind of woman.
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
Ever since I can remember, mom would wake up very early, prepare food for us to carry to school, then prepare herself to go to work. We grew up and went to boarding schools. Her hard work however did not stop with our growing up. She still wakes up, this time to do our laundry and then go to work. Honestly speaking, whose mom does their laundry at my age?
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
Nothing can stand in the way of my mom. When she is determined to do something, she will ensure it is done, no matter how long she takes. She has been working towards her goals and makes me proud (I’m even getting emotional). At the end of this year, she will be adding yet another title to herself. It is her determination that has kept her going.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet… She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness
She works, and works more than the required hours. She still makes time to come home, make dinner and ensure we are all okay. Now that it is just dad and her in the house, she still calls just to find out how we are doing. She fills our home with so much warmth and sweet smelling aroma of her delicacies. Oh my!
Love and respect
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come… Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
If there is one thing mom has taught me, it is love and respect. To our father, to us, and to everyone around her. It is because of this that she is loved by everybody.
And I concur with Solomon when he said: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Mom, I have said it before and will say it again, I love you. You are a gift that is irreplaceable and a gem that is rare.
I love you.