This continued for many years and now, her kids are all
grown up and well to do, working in the big city and having
their own families.
During one New Year’s eve reunion in a big glittering hotel
in the city, one of her sons offered her the chicken neck,
as he thought it was her favourite part. With tears
streaming down her cheeks, she said "Son, the neck was never
my favourite part. There were so many of you to share a
chicken when you were young, so I kept the best parts for
The story touched me and it was easy to think of it as a
representation of a mother's real sacrifice for her
children. It personifies a typical Asian mother who would
hold back her true feelings than express herself, making
sure her children are free from worries. It also shows how
much we take our mothers for granted.
I thought to myself, what if my mother isn't here tomorrow?
I am lucky because my parents are around and even luckier
that I have them to take care of my children when my husband
and I are at work.
What have I done to let her know that I appreciate her? I
felt uncomfortable thinking about mom being gone…
I’ll miss her loving kiss that can cure anything from a
broken leg to a disappointed love affair. Or her gentle,
knowing eyes that looks at me when I goof up and reflects,
“I understand and I love you “without so much as uttering a
It was a good 'exercise' for me. Even for a mere 10 minutes.
Thoughts of all of mom's sacrifices came gushing through.
Words I hope to say to her more often, gifts I always wanted
to surprise her with but never did, family recipes that she
always wanted to teach me but I never had the time to learn.
How about you? Can you imagine how you'd feel if your mom
was not around anymore?
Don’t you want to tell her how much you appreciated her,
cared for her, and loved her, even if it meant giving up one
Sunday afternoon to learn a recipe that she had so wanted to
pass on to you?
That's exactly what I did. I asked her to teach me the
nyonya recipe that she had always wanted to teach me. She
radiated happiness and excitement as the experience was
appreciation enough for her. Still, I really wish I could do
more for her.
This Mother's Day, show your appreciation to Mum. We thought
you may need this reminder since we all work in choking work
environment that suffocates even the tiniest of loving
thoughts for our love ones.
Surprise her. Even the smallest gestures like sending her a
personal note with a posy of flowers will make her feel
special and loved.
Happy Mother's Day!
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