“My Rabb! Have mercy on them (parents) just as they nourished (cherished & sustained) me when I was young”.
When you came into the world, she held you in her arms.
You thanked her by screaming.
When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.
You thanked her by crying all night long.
When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.
You thanked her by running away when she called.
When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love.
You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor.
When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons
You thanked her by colouring the dining room table.
When you were 6 years old, she walked you to school.
You thanked her by screaming, "I’m not going!"
When you were 7 years old, she bought you a ball.
You thanked her by throwing it through the neighbour's window.
When you were 9 years old, she paid for extra lessons.
You thanked her by never even bothering to practice.
When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from football to
gymnastics to one birthday party after another.
You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back.
When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch some TV shows,
You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.
When you were 13, she suggested a smart haircut,
You thanked her by telling her she had no taste.
When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp,
You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter.
When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a chat,
You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked.
When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.
You thanked her by being on the phone all night.
When you were 20, she asked you about your plans
You thanked her by saying, "It's none of your business."
When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future.
You thanked her by saying, "I don't want to be like you."
When you were 24, she met your fiance and asked about the future,
You thanked her by glaring and growling, "Muuhh-ther, please!"
When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby.
You thanked her by telling her, "Things are different now."
When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her.
You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children.
And then, one day, she quietly died and everything you never did came crashing down like thunder.
There's no substitute for a MUM. Cherished every single moment. Though at times she may not be the best of friends, may not agree to our thoughts, she is still your mother!
Ask yourself.....have you put aside enough time for her, to listen to her. Be tactful, loving and still show her due respect . Better late than never.