Given that I am less than a fortnight away from being a 1-year old mom and that today is Mother’s Day, what better day to thank my own mother. So here are some of the reasons why I think she's the best. Thanks Mama:
- For creating me. For bringing me into this world. And for teaching me how to live in it. For having the biggest influence in making me who I am.
- For always putting us first, above your career and more importantly above your own happiness.
- For reading bedtime stories to me every night – I am sure I wouldn’t have loved reading half as much if you hadn’t done that.
- For teaching me to love animals. For showing how much richer life can be when you let pets into your home.
- For putting up with all my tantrums and tempers. And for loving me inspite of them.
- For always giving without expecting anything back in return. I don’t think I would be where I am today if you hadn’t taken those two months off before my board exams and nagged lazy me all day long to study. I hated you for it then but thank God you didn’t let a small thing like teenage resentment discourage you.
- For eating into your meagre savings so that we could get to see Europe with you.
- For making sure all my favourite food gets cooked when I come home. Even if it means that I always leave a little (or a lot depending on the length of my stay) fatter than when I arrived.
- For accepting Jai even though he did not fit the mould of what the family thought was right for me. For trusting in my choice and my judgement.
- For the lovely wedding that you put together for me. Even though the money was tight and you only had my brother to help you out, it could not have been grander or more perfect.
- For coming to Mumbai both times I moved house to help me to cope with the madness of moving.
- For seeing me through the first few months after Ayaan was born. For teaching me how to tie his nappy. For teaching me how to bathe him. For teaching me the ‘rock-him-to-sleep-on-your-knees’ technique that gave some much needed respite to my aching back and arm muscles.
- For taking my dogs when I couldn’t keep them any more and giving them a loving, happy home.
- For becoming more and more of a friend and less of a mother as the years go by.
- For listening patiently to my daily (and sometimes boring) updates and discussions about Ayaan. For always having a reassuring word of advice when I hit a roadblock.
- For being a mother that I can model myself on. If Ayaan grows up half as healthy and well adjusted as I did, I will consider myself a successful mother.
Edit: It has come to my notice from various sources that I kind of messed up on the dates. It turns out Mother's Day is actually on the 14th . Well, I guess this is my first one so I can be forgiven for getting my dates mixed up. And it's the thought that counts, right?