Mothers are special, i feel most of us are more attached to our Mothers than our Fathers. I fall in that bracket too, for valid reasons. Most important being I and my sister stayed with our Mom in Mandi Dabwali (a place near Bathinda, in Punjab) as kids while our Father used to stay and work far away in Ambala, Haryana. They had to stay afar because they had their jobs even before getting married and wanted to continue with them for Financial reasons. So one can understand the emotional connect I have with my Mother. Also, I am the elder one with my sister 5 years younger to me, so i was pampered a lot.
Even after my Mother left her job when I was 12 to give us a family life in Ambala, I continued to derive inspiration and strength from her. She has always been with me, through thick and thin. Some of the memories i cherish with her include:
1. Gajjar Halwa in winters – I am a big time foodie and my craving for sweets is unparalleled. My mom used to make this sweet-dish for me whenever I wanted to have it. Even though the kitchen was on the other side of the floor from the bedroom in our rented house in Mandi Dabwali, she used to go all the way just to satisfy my desire every time. Later it so happened that she kept a stove in the bedroom itself so she would not have to cross the open area in the night and still do her best for me. She would tuck me in the quilt, and I would do my homework quickly so I could get the halwa soon.
2. Family lunch together – When we were in Mandi Dabwali, my mom used to make lunch for me and my sister in the morning itself since she used to come late in the afternoons from work. Our nanny used to take care of us. After she left her job and we all settled in Ambala, one day she cooked our favorite food along with salad and raita and lay it nicely on the dining table. She waited for me and my sister to return from school and we all had lunch together, along with our Father. I still remember mentioning to her – aaj to maja aa gaya. That’s exactly the reason she left her job so she could take care of us and also that we could get Fatherly love.
3. Early morning companion – When i was doing my Engineering from a place not much away from Ambala, i used to come back home on Friday evenings and return to hostel and college Monday mornings. I was a pretty studious person, normally sleeping at 11pm and getting up at 1am on weekends and then sleeping a bit in the afternoons. To make sure i concentrate on my studies, my mom used to get up at odd hours in the morning and make breakfast for me. The Gold medal i got for my academic performance in Engineering goes to her for her sacrifices.
There are many other moments when my Mother was there for me – pouring her affection and guiding me with her wisdom. She has made difficult situations into a cakewalk. Do Mothers have some magical potion that make everything cheerful?…they seem to be some sort of an expert just like Godrej is in Hair Color.
P.S. Sharing my Mother’s favorite memory – my first Raksha Bandhan