A boy and his single mother
Contributed by Ashok G. Vasandani
Here’s an article I read in Demic’s page on Facebook that I’d like to share, something that we can all learn from.
AS a small child there was only me and my mom. We had many problems but we could always face them together and we were happy. Being just the two of us, often mom asked me to do some household chores. Not only keeping my room tidy and cleaning the table, but also cooking, running the washing machine and cleaning the house.
At Elementary School I already knew how to iron my clothes all by myself, I was not happy about doing household chores. I hated them! Often, I had no time for playing with my friends and I never went our very much. I remember feeling anger towards my mother. Things did not improve greatly over time, when I was in high school my mother pushed me to find a part time job. I worked in a fast-food restaurant, the hours seem to never pass and I felt dissatisfied.
However, slowly my savings increased, but then mom taught me another lesson: I begin to contribute to the household expenses by paying a low rent. At the end of the month there was not much money left. Then I graduated and just as I was about to start a new chapter of my life, I realized a surprising thing. Most of my peers were not able to look after themselves!
My classmates had no idea how to use washing machine. They had never washed a plate. And they were not able to manage their own money. All of a sudden, the importance of mother’s teachings was clear. The more I realized my degree of independence, the more my confidence in myself grew. At the university my grades got better and better, I was totally independent person.
After graduation I found a job and settled down. Marrying my girlfriend whom I meet at the university. Now we have two sons aged 7 and 5. After school they do the same chores that my mother had me do. And now we invite my mother to dine with us at least once a week. Seeing how proud she is of them gives me a beautiful feeling. I know she is proud of the life that I have built thanks to her teachings.
Moral Lesson: If you also have parents who are strict, remember that everything they do is for a greater good. They are preparing you to face the real world. To know how to take care of yourself and your family. Remember to thank them for this. Look them in the eyes, tell them you love them and that you are grateful for what they have taught you. One day you will fully understand the important of their love and guidance.
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