Don’t you think everyday should be Women’s Day? We do so much for our partners and our children, oftentimes without as much as a thank you.
I spent a rather lethargic Womens Day at home yesterday. I scrolled Facebook and came across this little video on the Darling Hair page that had me in tears for the whole damn day! Check it out below:
The video took me right back to my 26 year old self – still living with my parents, and secretly pregnant! I knew that I had to tell the folks that there was a bun in the oven. I figured that it was okay because I was 26, had a good job and made good money.
My dad was excited because he literally complained about not having grandchildren a few weeks prior to me finding out. Mom on the other-hand was not and she made no bones about telling me exactly that. Then she started rearranging my room in her mind to fit in a cot! A sense of relief spread all over my body. Everything was going to be okay. The very next day she bought me some cream to rub over my belly so that I wouldn’t get stretch marks (I got them anyway, but the gesture was lovely).
On the day I was induced (blood pressure issues) my mom took a taxi to the hospital and she was there, by my side at 7am! Labour took it’s time and I remember walking up and down that hospital room under the watchful eye of my mother.
She. Did. Not. Leave. My. Side.
When #TheKid finally arrived, mom showed me how to care for her, like she had cared for me, my siblings and at least 40 other babies. My mom is a natural caregiver – everyone in my circle knows this fact. I never really appreciated this fact until I had a child of my own.
My mom was taken out of school at a very young age to look after her younger siblings and her aging uncle, while my grandparents worked to put food on the table. When she was older, she worked at a clothing factory, met my dad at 16, married him at 19 and a year later they had me – Mom always… always cared for others. What makes her story more remarkable is the fact that she has never complained about her life. Never!
Mom was there for me when I moved into my first home and my second. She was by my side, painting walls, unpacking boxes, seeing to #TheKid. If I had all the riches in the world, it would not be enough to give to my mom as a thank you. She is pure gold. She is luminous.
I may not have been brought up with a silver spoon in my mouth, but the blessings bestowed upon me by being raised by a woman like my mother are insurmountable. – Thank you Momma, I love you forever.
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