Monday, May 11, 2009
From Yin-Yang: Maman, Je T'Adore
A bit of a divergence from the usual posts about love between spouses, marriage etc, this post is about another type of love that is just as important, if not more: Mothers' Love.
In light of Mother's Day, I thought I would post something about it. By the way, Happy Belated Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and mothers-to be!
I was driving my colleague home the other day and chatted about what we were doing on Mother's Day. I told her that inshaAllah I will be chilling with my mother during the day, and making dinner for the family and my grandmother at night.
She was surprised and said she does not plan to cook for the family as she dislikes cleaning after the fact.
I asked her about her age: 22. I then said: "Your mom has been caring for you and the family for 22 years, what is one day out of that?"
My auditor mind began to calculate: 22 years * 365 Days/year = 8,030 days.
1 day/ 8,030 days = 0.01%
This brings about the topic of a mother's love. A mother's love is selfless: caring, loving, supporting without conditions. My mom doesn't say 'I love you' to me everyday (actually, maybe she does, hehe), but from her actions, I can tell.
Anyone can say 'I love you', but it takes a real man or woman to show this sincere and genuine love in actions. This is indeed true love. Love in its practical form that requires the most patience and selflessness.
(But let me tell you, women do like to hear and see love in action, so if you haven't said 'I love you' to your mom, do so to bring a smile to her face.)
This patience is not only for one day or one year, but many years until the end of your life on this earth.
I am not sure about you, but I am definitely falling short of what I can do to show my mom that I love her via my actions and words.
As they say: just do it.
Note: If anyone is against the celebration of Mother's Day, I respect you. I am not here to debate, in fact, my debating skills are indeed poor. However, if you do incline to do so, consider yourself having won the debate. (and congratulations).