Learnings in Life

Mother’s Sacrifice and Love

By: Dr. Ashok G. Vasandani

Here’s a story or an article that I read from a page of www. moralstories26.com. I’d like to share this and hope we can all learn from it.

THERE once was a kid who used to live with his mother. They were poor and they earned just enough to manage their needs. The mother had only one eye and because of that, the kid used to think of her as an embarrassment.

One day when the mother went to the kid’s school, everyone in school laughed at him and taunted him about his mother having only one eye.

Due to this, the kid started to hate his mother and thought that his mother’s presence is just an embarrassment for him and he doesn’t want to live with her.

So, he decided that he would study hard and will soon leave his mother. The kid completed his studies with good grades and landed a good job in another city.

He left his mother and settled in city. He bought a big house, got married and had kids. He was living a happy and successful life. There he had nothing to remind him of his mom and the embarrassment caused by her.

One day his mother came to see him. When his kids saw her, they felt scared and went to him. When he came to see who was at their door, he found out that it was his mother.

Seeing her, he said, “Who are you? How dare you come to my house?

The mother understood that her son didn’t want to see her and quietly answered, “Oh, I am so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address.” Then she just left.

Then one day, the kid got a letter from his school about a reunion. After the reunion, he went down to his old house where his mother used to live. When he entered, he saw that his mother was lying on the floor lifeless with a piece of paper in his hand. It was a letter to his son.

She wrote:

My son,

I think my life has been long enough now. And… I won’t visit you anymore… but would it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come visit me once in a while? I miss you so much. And I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I decided not to go to the school… For you… I’m sorry that I only have one eye and I was an embarrassment for you.

You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with only one eye… So, I gave you mine… I was so proud of my son that was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye. I was never upset at you for anything you did.

I miss you so much. I love you. You mean the world to me.


Always love and respect your parents as we can never understand how much they sacrifice for us. We should learn to respect and value their sacrifices and hard work. Kids when they grow older should give time and care to their parents.



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