A Love Letter To My Mother
I am so glad for a day like this called Mother’s day. It is special to me because the memories of how you gave to make me what I am today. I appreciate you for choosing to have me when it seems your child equation was balanced. You stood against all odds to give me life, you could have aborted me and no one would have batted an eye.
I remember those days you would tear the last sheets from the test papers of your students, staple it together to make a note for me. You would redesign fairly- used clothes into children’s wears so we could have clothes to wear. You were not ashamed to farm close to your school. Out of our farm, we sold groundnut, cassava, vegetables of all kinds. Every school event was an opportunity to make sales of tasty time and iced water. Though I was a little child, I remember chasing butterflies and picking snails around the farm while my older siblings did the hard work.
In spite of our financial challenges, you ensured that I went to a good school. Your principle of no debt marked you out as a woman of integrity. You hardly defaulted on your payment plan. You taught us that education is more important than material things. I could count the number of wrappers you had at that time when you borrowed just to ensure my brother was able to travel with his mate for extended studies. Before your salary arrived, you would have mentally divided it in such a way that everyone‘s need was duly considered.
I cannot talk enough of how frugal, prudent, meticulous; industrious you were and still are. Being a mum today, I know that the process of carrying a pregnancy to term is not a joke. How much more taking care of us and meeting our needs with little or no support. You are a lioness mum. In sickness, in health you stood by us, you prayed for us and still pray for us.
As I write this note I realise I have not appreciated you enough for all the sacrifices you have made to make me who I am today. I appreciate you from the depth of my heart for your labour of love over us. Thank you for giving, caring, loving us through thick and thin. God will preserve your life and you will reap the fruit of your labour over us. Things may not have turned out the way you expected, you might feel you have laboured in vain, put your mind at rest, you will be rewarded beyond your imagination. I LOVE YOU MUM.
Lots of Love