We have heard this jingle in a TV commercial where a small girl is saying “My Daddy Strong is” but for me this has been true for my mom as well.
I will start with a story.
Married off to a foreign land, being the youngest girl child in the family, was the closest to her father. With a heavy heart, he bid her adieu with lots of blessings and love.
Life was going smooth till one day; a tragic event took her husband away from her. She was just 35, left with two kids, a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old, all alone in land that didn’t belong to her. No family to fall back upon, she decided to go back to India where she knew everyone was there to support and love her in her time of loss. More than anything, she sought mental support from her family.
She stressed on education for her kid’s as she didn’t want them to ever be dependent on anyone when it came to financial independence and also enabled them to face the world with confidence. Thankfully, her husband had invested and saved enough for her to lead a good life in his absence.
She gave her time and undivided attention to her kids as they completed their MBA and went on to secure a good job. And it didn’t end here. Her love, care and concern still continues, and not just for her kids but is now extended to her grandchildren as-well.
This is a small and simple story about my MOM. We have seen her be strong and we have seen her feeling helpless. We have seen her stand up and fight and we have also seen her feel intimidated and scared. We have seen her smile and cry. We have seen her respect her traditions and yet when the time came to give away her daughter (that’s me) she broke the patriarchy and did the Kanya-Dan (giving away the bride).
To me, she is a symbol of being strong in the weakest moments of your life, being independent while being bounded and being there for when she is needed by anyone. True to her name, Leena – a devotion.
She is the inspiration I seek when I see my two kids on how to be a selfless mom. How to love unconditionally and how to cherish life.
On this Women’s day and on every other day, Mother is the word I praise.