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Bala is my neighbourhood masseuse who turns up every morning at 9, to give a stimulating massage to me and my mother.
But behind her ever smiling demeanour lies a life of hardship and sacrifices to raise her two small kids single handedly. Like all young women, she dreamt of having a knight in shining armour sweep her off her feet. What she got instead was an abusive, alcoholic and philandering husband.
Instead of wallowing in self pity, Bala like many women, decided that courage is not just the domain of men. Hundreds of women like Bala are a Momspiration for many as they change careers, raise families and are sole breadwinners. They travel out of the safe haven that their village might be, to earn a living, stand up for their children and break the glass ceiling.
I salute and get inspired by women like Bala who face adversity to come out stronger. She is a complete mother, one who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take. She can be a wife, philanthropist, friend and entrepreneur all rolled into one. Multi-dimensional, savouring all the juice she can squeeze out of her life.
On this Mother’s Day, if you read the Making of a Mother by Indian child, you will have to agree with what the Lord says to The Angel. The woman is the Lord’s most precious creation with three pairs of eyes to watch over her errant kids, 200 movable parts that are all replaceable, yet she can happily run on coffee and leftovers.
The power of her kiss can cure anything and a single tear can express her joy, sorrow, loneliness and pride. Pretty much sums up the Modern Mother of Today.
I had the good fortune to read Thomas Edison’s autobiography in my son’s library. Edison, the great inventor had written in his diary, “Thomas Alva Edison was a mentally ill child whose mother turned him into the genius of the century.”
The story goes that Edison was handed a letter by his school to be given to his mother. Apparently, the school could not understand or handle Edison and felt the need to expel him. His mother read the letter, but her love for her child made her lie to him. She told Edison that he was a genius who needed to be home schooled. Her unconditional love turned Thomas Alva Edison into America’s greatest inventor.
Like we all know, this “difficult child” went on to record over 1000 patents covering motion pictures, mining, cement, batteries, telecommunication and power. Again, a testimony to the miracle only a mother can achieve.
Let us salute the power of a mother’s unconditional love this Mother’s Day.
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