Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day: Lets Love, Care For Our Mum

This article was first published in the New Straits Times (May 11, 2007). I thought it's just the right posting on this special day.
By: CHRIS ANTHONY, Butterworth
Participants at a Mother’s Day contest in Kuala Lumpur last year
WHEN we were young, we were taught that 'the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world'.

This may be true, but looking at the evil around us throughout the world, the hand that is rocking the cradle appears to be losing its control in shaping the world. Furthermore, to make matters worse, nowadays the wrong hand is rocking the cradle - the hand of a baby-sitter and not that of a mother.
Mother's Day is so commercialised these days that we tend to forget the real essence of these celebrations. Come Sunday, some of us who are fortunate enough to be with our mothers will celebrate this wonderful day with her.
But before that, lets reflect on the real reason this day came about by reliving the days we spent with her. She gave birth to us, fed us, took care of all our needs, supported us during our school-going days and cared for our children. Now, she may be healthy or stricken with illnesses of various sorts, bed-ridden, terminally ill or she may even be on her deathbed. Some of our mothers could also be dead and gone. Whatever the state she may be in, let us reflect a little on this extraordinary creation of God.
We make a lot of sacrifices for advancement in our lives and often we do them for a reward. But there is only one person who enjoys sacrificing her time and energy without any guaranteed reward, as it is done out of love. Undeniably, it is none other than our own mother. For this special person, her immeasurable love for us makes her sacrifices a pleasure and not a pain. Sometimes, it takes a long time for us to appreciate all her sacrifices and even in her old age she will continue to do so if it means making our lives easier.
"We make a lot of sacrifices for advancement in our lives and often we do them for a reward. But there is only one person who enjoys sacrificing her time and energy without any guaranteed reward, as it is done out of love. Undeniably, it is none other than our own mother."
When we were young, we took all her sacrifices for granted. It is only when we become parents that we begin to appreciate the finer qualities of the love and affection of our mothers. We can recollect the sleepless nights she spent taking care of us when we were sick, the moments of anxiety she went through when we were involved in an accident and the tears she shed while praying for us.
Today, as parents, we understand the insurmountable pain and anxiety she would have endured when we suffered from all forms of ailments and failures in our lives. We realise the severity of the heartache we caused her when we refused to take her advice and met disaster as a result.
Sadly, today, many of her sacrifices are not appreciated by us, the children, which really hurts her. Many of us simply forget the good old days when she toiled endlessly without sleep and rest to make us what we are today. We are too busy with our own lives that we forget to spend time just talking and listening to her. Among the siblings, we become calculative of who should take care and provide for her, especially when she is left all alone after the death of her husband, our father. When she becomes ill or handicapped, we conveniently pass the responsibility of caring for her to others. We start giving excuses, saying that we are too busy and that we have no time and money.
Many of our mothers are now elderly and may be riddled with numerous ailments. Some may even be feeling lonely. We may not be able to cure all her illnesses, but the least we can give her is the assurance that we care and love her. Let us not forget that our mother, in whatever state she may be, is our responsibility. We must love and care for her. We must not run away from that obligation. It is not our money, gifts and food that she yearns for but for something priceless - our company and love. To a mother, there is nothing more comforting than to see her children in good health and happiness.
"It is not our money, gifts and food that she yearns for but for something priceless - our company and love. To a mother, there is nothing more comforting than to see her children in good health and happiness."
As children, if we can convince her that she was the source and inspiration for our success and happiness, she would be the happiest person in the world.
"Happy Mother’s Day"

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