She always woke up before us and said her prayers,
Took a bath and finished the morning affairs.
With her hair rolled up in a neat bun,
She seemed to me like the most hardworking one.
When there was no housework she would be seen knitting sweaters,
I would sit beside her and learn a set of jumbled letters.
With a smile on her face she would explain when I spelt wrong,
No harsh words? No slap on the face? – I was bemused all along.
She would switch off the lights when we left the room,
She would save a coin for a certain day of doom.
She would carry used chaat pattas home and throw in the bin,
Leaving water running was perhaps a sin.
She would give us the best slice of cake,
She would always cook for us, even if she was out or had a headache.
It would take a few minutes. No big deal – I would hear her say,
That composure was an inspiration at the end of each day.
She would give all her savings to someone in need,
She would let no one know about her good deed.
And then she would run up the stairs for it was the best exercise,
I call her an All-in-One, a Superwoman to be precise.
She never told me to do this or that,
Being strong headed, I would have opposed like a brat.
Instead she let her actions speak,
I thought that was clever, a brilliant technique!
And now; I imitate her in a million ways.
I save for a rainy day, I smile through a difficult phase.
Polythene bags find little space in my house,
Like her, I invest in the future without a grouse.
Even simple things like rolling the socks,
Packing a suitcase or checking the locks.
The same things I found annoying as a teenager
In more ways than one, I’ve become exactly like her.
Order, Discipline, Calmness
Compassion, Diligence, Patience,
Ah, now and then, I find myself doing random acts of kindness,
But you wouldn’t know ‘cause I’ve learnt NOT to aggressively profess.
This and so much more from a woman like no other,
Better than life, situations, or any school teacher.
Her subtle ways have always been my supreme mentor,
I’ve seen and learnt so much from my darling MOTHER!