In a span of 3 short years, I have become a mother to 2 boys. To the friends who knew me before I became a mom, they would know how unprepared and terrified I was of motherhood. As I was the only girl and younger child in a family of 2 children, I probably had what I wanted most of the time and I was always being spared the rod, because my elder brother got the brunt of the rod from my “martial arts trained” mother. She was so versatile with the rod. Left, right, up and down. The difference between my brother and I was that I was quieter and terrified of the rod while he was precocious and very naughty, hence my mom, who is a retired nurse, had no choice but to “straighten” him out.
This is the 4th year that I am a mother and to be honest, I am still trying to get the hang of it. Recently, my first son became sick because he was caught in the rain during a school trip. He was coughing his lungs out. With chesty phlegm, the little boy didn’t sleep well and wanted to be with me all the time. The first night, I put a lot of Vicks on his chest and throat because that was what my mother did for me. Whenever my son coughed, I gave him hot water. From this recent episode, I realised that I was not far from being like my own mother to my little boy.
When we got sick, my mother would be up all night and she would rub Vicks on our chest to make sure that our asthma did act up. She also pat and rub our backs to make sure that we felt better if we have a lot of phlegm. More than 3 decades ago, I doubt they had Mucosolvan or Flumicil to help dissolve the phlegm, so my poor mom had to stay up all night to make sure that our airways were clear. We had Vicks rubbed on our chests and a lot of hot water to drink. The next morning, my mom would still go to work for the 7am shift. In my humble opinion, I think my mother has done a superb job of raising us. She made sure we had food to eat, books to read, games to play and a healthy lifestyle so that we didn’t fall sick so often. Mom also made had to make sure that we had monies to buy food and bus fare to come home from school. On top of it all, she was a great cook who made a lot of tonic soup for us so that we had the best nourishment.
On this Mother’s Day, I only want to say “Mom, we all love you very much and we remember all the things that you have sacrificed and all the things that you have done for us. We are stronger, better and more resilient because you have instilled the correct values and taught us well. I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day and many more to come. Cheers and we love you!”