Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ode To Mom

“Nay, have you told me before that if people who come and ask for help, you shouldn’t say-No?” my nephew asked my Mom.

My Mom’s face turned red in front of a neighbor.

“Didn’t I tell you not to associate with older people’s conversations?” she commanded.

My Mom is very domineering all throughout her motherhood stage until she had grand kids. She is known to be very straight forward, sarcastic, fearless and yet, generous. She’s very generous to a fault that sometimes her actions can be unreasonable.

She knew she doesn’t have money for her own needs but when somebody would come and ask for a favor- she won’t hesitate to help even if that means she will borrow money.

“I can still remember those times when I’d have to wait for the collectors. I can’t go home because I knew there’d be no rice for dinner. It always breaks my heart every time some employees would come and borrow money because they don’t have rice or medicines for their sick child”, she reminded me once again. “I know how it feels and even if I don’t have enough, I make sure- I still can help”, she continued.

Having been a Mom for 8 kids in her early 30’s and married to a somewhat immature husband was quiet a story to tell. No, I never blamed my parents for having so many kids and yet, they can’t afford to raise. I remembered being so sad when they have fights because of money. It was a chaotic childhood, imperfect and yet guided and loved. She is our biggest advocate and a true pillar for the family. My Mom never failed to stand up for her family whether it’s stormy and calm.

I appreciate her optimistic attitude and her being very pushy; although the latter was such an ordeal to me when I was younger. She was one of my biggest influences, one of my best friends, filling my mind and touching my soul. I don’t think I can ever do what my Mother had done.

As what St. Francis of Assisi had said, "Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms and may every breeze of affluence bears the scent of your love and caress!
Shawie

5 Grateful Heart's Words:

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Happy Mother's Day to you and your mother. Your mother had been so wonderful in caring for you and your siblings, that is why you are a good mother to your kid too. May God's blessings and grace be poured out to you, your mother and your family. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

""rare*jonRez"" said...

i consider this post a greeting to me as a mom. thank you shawie!

anyway, your mom is one unique mom in the world! sure it was an imperfect childhood, but I can sense how your mom did the best for you! say my happy mother's day greeting to her as well!

Emotionally Entertaining said...

Mothers are the most wonderful women in the world. Happy mother's day to your mom.

Marly

Duni said...

Oh wow, what a very touching and honest post. Your mom sounds like a very strong woman. Lovely photo!

as for the photo of me and my mom on my blog...well, I think we were trying to guess what's inside the parcel my mom was opening :)

have a good week,

Duni

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