Thursday, March 09, 2006

International Women's Day!

International Women’s Day has come and gone and not a single mag or newspaper I read has pointed out to a lady and said “ And this lady has done wonders in the field of child rearing,cooking, baby sitting, sacrificing her happiness for her kids and her career by being a house wife” . How many people actually honored the unsung housewife? I for one would like to nominate my Mom as a super achiever as wife, mom and housekeeper par excellance.

She bought up three kids single handedly when my Dad was in the gulf. Her first born was the stuff mommy dreams are made of. Quite, obedient, helpful etc. The second two were recurring nightmares. Hyperactive, disobedient and cranky. No maid would touch us with a barge pole. They would tell my mom “give us baba, we will look after him” Now baba was the first born who didn’t need looking after...seriously.

So my mom handed me over to my Chetan and took upon herself to look after my second brother. Now you might wonder why she needed to devote herself to look after him exclusively? Because his idea of entertainment was to run across the main road, climb trees and break limbs, pull dogs by their tails and get bitten etc. He never learnt from his mistakes and went after more trouble. He even pulled a pony’s tail and missed its kick, which could have shattered his 5 year old bones. She had to keep an eye on him every second of the day and night!

Now my mom was not the quintessential housewife who made sure that food was cooked and served on time and we were bathed, fed and in bed on time. She had the time to sit with us with Encyclopedia's and instilled in us the reading habit. TV was a strict no no. Only Discovery Channel and later National Geographic and Animal Planet were allowed. For my brothers an additional concession of Sports Channels were given. One of the reason why we are not so hooked onto TV.

And then my Dad came back and soon got busy with setting up his business. After a hard days work he didn’t want to come home and discipline the kids. He preferred to play with us or sit quietly while we climbed all over him :) So my moms hope of halving her parenting duties were dashed :)) But she managed with a smile and the occasional grumbling :))

Now please don’t tell me that she was not a working woman because she was a housewife!

I would like to dedicate this International Women’s Day to my mom.

14 comments:

quills said...

Your mom is one incredible lady! And I know many such lovely women who have given up their own careers and dreams to raise their families and provide them with selfless, tireless service every single day with a smile. I therefore join you in raising a toast to alll such hardworking, dedicated women all around the world!

Arti Honrao said...

Hey gurl :)
First time here on dis blog...
I am die hard fan of ur other one now let me see if this blog kills me too ;)



GBU
Arti

silverine said...

@quill: Aren't all Moms incredible ladies? They have the toughest job in the world. They nurture the future citizen....how many people realise that? You can actually rid the society of evils by just nurturing the women as the ancients did. I join you in the toast gal!!! Cheers!!!
@Arti: Arti this blog will kill you with boredom :)) It will be mostly my rambings which is what Poomanam started out as :p You know that story of yours bought a lump to my throat!?!

Mind Curry said...

there was some error coming up while posting comments.

anyway, i was saying this was a very sweet and lovely post. and i couldnt agree with you more that mothers are the epitomes of pure love and caring. and it begins right from the moment they are pregnant.

Paresh Palicha said...

Talked like a true Cancerian. I too have similar feelings for my mummy. A smile on her face will my day. Also, started liking your lil bro by knowing him from your posts. Does he read them?

silverine said...

@mindcurry: So true !!! Thank god for moms!
@Paresh:Thank you! He is actually elder to me :) He does skim some of my blogs...he is the sporstman of the house :)

Mind Curry said...

you know..was just thinking..my mom was born in a poor family. but her dad struggled and educated her..and she struggled even more..and today she is one of the best in the country in her field. amazing huh..i wonder if anyone, and definitely me, will ever have that kind of sheer determination and focus.

at the same time i have to add, that my dad supported her a lot and helped her in her endeavours, while even sacrificing many things himself.

silverine said...

@mindcurry: Hats off to your mom!! Amazing. And hats off to your Dad too. I am sure his support would have been an essential element in her success. You should have written about her :)

Mind Curry said...

yeah i shoulda..but thought i will save it for mothers day :)

Ganja Turtle said...

I just dont understand...y'all wimmen speak volums about your mother and its ok...when we just try and write a few sentences, we becomes "wussies" and "mommas lil boys"...sheesh! What this world is coming to..:-)

silverine said...

GT: Wussies are mama's boys who need her permission and approval for everything and not guys like you who respect their moms :)

Matter of Choice said...

ahem...very very interesting person ur mom is...give her my best regards will ya? :)

Alexis Leon said...

Nice post. What you said is very. They are the unsung heroes in our families. They are the glue that keeps us together and we are what we are because of them. I salute all Moms...

silverine said...

@MoC:Fearing for your life I shall not pass on your regards ;)
@Alexis:I second that :)