They say no time or no moment is good or bad to thank your mom! But I take this day and this opportunity to write a letter to my mom for sticking around and for being my pillar of strength to date. This is not merely a letter to aging mom, it is a reminder, a promise.
A letter to aging mom:
As a mom when I embarked on this journey of single parenting, my respect for you has grown three folds. It is not because you are taking care of me and your granddaughter, but because you still listen to my tantrums, make delicious food, and still take care of me as if I am a teenager. As each day passes, I am thankful to the Almighty that I had the privilege of being your daughter.
Flashback to the time, 30 years ago! Yes, mom, I will be 30 in a few months from now. But I still behave like that teenage daughter, that adolescent. The one who will throw tantrums, grumble when you ask me to get a glass of water. Or when you asked me to put my shoes in the right place. The list is endless and I feel timeless because it still continues!
Gratitude is never enough:
Thank you for birthing me, spending sleepless nights, teaching me, and most important of all, being patient with me. And thank you for taking us to those lovely summer destinations every year. I still remember how much we used to pester Dad for this. That too when he was never in a mood to step out of the house. Thank you for being strict with us and making us disciplined. Because that has helped me in shaping me into the person I am today.
I still remember the time when you had a constant belief in me every time I felt dejected. Whatever I am today, it is all because of you. Yes, I mean this literally. You gave me the vision to become an engineer. Of course, no one loves their jobs (the grass is always green on the other side). But I am thankful to you for giving me a vision and the reason to be motivated and hold onto my current job.
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For making me what I am:
Mom, I want to thank you for the person I am today. Yes, people praise me for my grounded nature. I tell them I got it from you!
Mom, I know with age, things are slowing down. Your body isn’t the same what it was 30 years ago. And with me and your granddaughter again by your side, I sometimes feel guilty for putting so much pressure on you. Even though our equations might have changed (now that I am a mother). I shout at you incessantly sometimes due to work pressure. But deep down in my heart, I have immense respect, love, and also appreciation for you.
I hope one day I have the same level of patience by which you swear by. You have never felt bad when I couldn’t take you to the pathology lab early in the morning, just because I could catch up on my early morning sleep. I hardly cook on weekends, even when I can afford to. All these things, and not even one sign of resentment or anger on your face mom! That is also the reason why it is said Parents are next to God!
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Fast forward to the present, I feel that it is now my duty to take care of you, as you once cared for me. It is not something that I can ever payback for whatever you have done for me and my daughter. No wonder I will be indebted to you forever. It is a pain to see you and dad aging with each passing day. But your will and determination are what keeps me going in this tough journey of single parenting. I hope I have half as much stamina when I reach your age. Every day I see you prepare our daily meals with still the same zeal and fervour. My heart just swells with pride and makes me wonder will I carry this sweet legacy forward or not?
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Mom, I am thankful to you for:
1. Always making me believe in myself and giving me that extra push whenever I felt let down.
2. Taking care of my daughter and me, as well as supporting us till date. I really don’t know where I would have been, had you not been there around. Thank you for your unwavering support throughout my journey of single parenting.
3. Pushing me to take up my current profession and pursue it with passion. You have been the guiding light in my life which has been full of storms, rain, and sunshine.
4. For having hope and faith in me and lifting me up, quite literally after my separation.
No wonder how old I grow mom, but I will still be your little girl and you will always be my mother…
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