It’s that time of year once again to celebrate the most important person in your life. From Alexander the Great’s dominant mother to celebrity mom Angelina Jolie, mothers have always been prominent figures throughout history. Some associate the witty phrase “You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them,” with their mothers and others say they drive them crazy.
But whatever the time, whatever the reasons moms are like super heroes coming to your rescue, juggling home, family and sometimes careers as well. Here are a few youngsters celebrating their mothers this Mother’s Day.
Mom - Hasitha Ranaweera
Ammi is a teacher and an amazing woman, she still brings my tea to the room each morning although she has had a fall and her foot is in a bandage. She is able to reconcile and move forward as soon as possible. She’s a super cook and an amazing advisor.
She is able to understand the most modern concepts and accept her children for what they are. She cries when she’s happy and cries when she’s sad.
She’s extremely strong and super sensitive at the same time. She is creative, loving, patient, sensible and a super super friend.
Going saree shopping in India and eating at small shops on the road and buying colourful things from wayside shops. I’d do it again in a heart beat.
“Whatever you do, don’t EVER give a boy a letter written by you, with your handwriting on it because he can always blackmail you with it.” (I was fourteen then!) She also told me once that if I were to get my heart broken she’d always be there to fall back on.
One of the best things about her is that she lets me make my own mistakes and trusts me to learn from them. She has never asked me not to do anything, and has only shown me the right path and respectfully and patiently watched me walk down the wrong one. She has never said I told you so, but helped me learn from my mistakes.
Jude Gayantha Perera
Mom - Ramya Perera.
My mum makes the ‘A’ in Ammi stand for awesome! She has spent over two decades being the most amazing mother and friend anyone could ever have and that has been in the midst of developing an impressive career as a business woman. She has the air of a prim-and-proper lady but don’t be deceived, sometimes the rebellious child of her youth steps out to play. She always stands out in a crowd either because of her unique sense of style or witty sense of humour, but she lives for the moment and manages to shock the life out of you!
My best memories with my mum are from the simpler times in my childhood.
When I was young, my mum would take me and my sister shopping and we’d spend hours and hours just looking through the shops, sometimes not even buying the things we came looking for, then we would go to one of our favourite restaurants and eat and chat about random things. I don’t remember much of what we talked about but I do remember it making me very happy.
To this day she’s someone I tell pretty much everything to and on most occasions she’s had good advice, besides the usual ill-placed joke that makes us groan. I love the times I tell her about tough situations I’ve gotten myself into, especially when it involves some sort of issue with another person who’s wronged me in some way; the comments my mother makes are too priceless to forget and too scandalous to ever have on print, but if you know my mother you know they are some very entertaining things! My mother is never without her smile and she loves making others smile all the time.
I think I was very fortunate to have such a cool mum, but she has never been afraid of being the bad guy to make me a good person. She really does make me proud to say that I’m a complete Ammi’s Boy!
Joyce Sabreena Niles
Mom – Priyadharshini Joyce Niles
Ammi was named after Indira Gandhi, and Priyadharshini means beautiful vision. An interesting fact about my mother is that she was prone to accidents when she was young - from getting her entire face burnt when peering into a pan of hot oil to getting electrocuted climbing an antenna after it rained!! Well, since she’s all grown up, nothing much has changed! She keeps tripping on things and falling, and gets injured constantly. She tends to forget where her glasses are, like practically all the time! Sometimes we wish that her glasses had a ring tone so that you could just call it every time it went missing.
The time there was a huge commotion going on and she held me and my brother close to her and said, ‘they are mine’. I still remember the cold chill of her hands and the warmth of being pulled close to her.
There was also another time when I had decided to let go of Premjit long before I started dating him and she sat up with me almost the whole night hugging me and trying to put me to sleep. I don’t do much to make her proud, but she makes the most of every little thing. It’s that priceless expression of absolute pride in her daughter that makes me feel like I have achieved something.
“God will provide. Always be independent (financially etc) even after you get married. Don’t shake your legs and don’t go to strange lady doctors!!!”
Sometimes I wonder where I would have been in life if not for this wonder woman. I would never have accomplished, set or reached targets, never pushed myself to try anything new, and would never have even the limited self-confidence and self-esteem I possess, without her. I also see what it is to love selflessly, irrespective of whether or not that form of unconditional love is reciprocated.
The beauty in my mother lies in her ability to overcome any given obstacle, deal with the greatest challenges, smile after a hectic day at home and work and still be human enough to realise her own limitations, trust in God with child-like faith and sometimes crumble and accept defeat.