In the gentle embrace of time, a year has passed since my mother departed from this world. As I, my sister and brother reflect on the precious memories we shared and the profound influence she had on our lives, it is evident that the role of a mother is unparalleled in shaping a child’s upbringing and character. My mother, a beacon of strength and love, was a woman of unwavering dedication to her two sons and a daughter. Her nurturing spirit was evident in every action, every word, and every moment she spent with us. She was not just a mother; she was our guide, our confidante, and our unwavering source of support. One of the most cherished memories we have of her is the bedtime stories she used to tell. Her voice was a lullaby, and her stories were magic. Through these stories, she instilled in us a love for literature and an insatiable curiosity about the world. We owe our passion for reading and writing to her gentle encouragement during those quiet moments before sleep. But her role extended far beyond the realm of bedtime stories. She was a teacher, a mentor, and a guide to me, my brother and sister for 15 long years our father spent in Saudi Arabia as a health professional and also after his return from Saudi Arabia and thereafter for 10 long years after his demise. Her lessons were not confined to textbooks but encompassed essential life skills and values. She taught us the significance of kindness, empathy, and the importance of helping others. These values continue to shape our actions and decisions even today.
“As we reflect on the profound role our mother played in our lives, we are reminded of the countless other individuals who have been blessed with the love and guidance of a mother. It is through their nurturing and sacrifices that we become the people we are today”.
In times of hardship, it was our mother’s unwavering support that provided solace. She taught all of us that resilience is not the absence of difficulty but the ability to rise above it. Her strength in the face of adversity has been our inspiration in overcoming life’s challenges. Our mother’s kitchen was a place of wonder, where she transformed simple ingredients into delectable dishes. Through her culinary creations, she demonstrated the power of love and care in nurturing not only our bodies but also our souls. Her recipes, passed down through generations, are a cherished part of our family’s legacy. As we journey through life without her physical presence, her lessons and love remain etched in our hearts. The role of a mother in shaping a child’s life is immeasurable, and her influence endures long after she is gone. It is in the values she instilled, the love she gave, and the memories she left behind that her legacy lives on. In celebrating our mother’s life, we are reminded of the profound impact mothers have on their children. They are our first teachers, our greatest advocates, and our unwavering supporters. They shape not only our character but also our view of the world. Their love is a guiding light that illuminates our path, even in their absence. As we honor the memory of our beloved mother today, we are reminded of the enduring power of a mother’s love and the indelible mark she leaves on her child’s heart. Though she may be gone, her love and teachings continue to inspire and guide me, my brother and my sister every day. In her, we find strength, love, togetherness and the enduring wisdom that only a mother can provide. Our mother’s influence extended beyond our family to the way she treated everyone she met. She taught us the values of compassion and empathy, emphasizing the importance of kindness and understanding in our interactions with others. Her acts of generosity and selflessness were a testament to the impact one person can have on the world. As we reflect on the profound role our mother played in our lives, we are reminded of the countless other individuals who have been blessed with the love and guidance of a mother. It is through their nurturing and sacrifices that we become the people we are today.
(The author is Editor In Chief Of This Newspaper)