Mother’s Day has come and gone .
You showered me with your love, moving
tributes, fabulous lunches, and memorable
There is no love chart that correlates how much
you give me with how much I love you.
Capitalism is good for the economy, but it is not
how I measure your love for me.
My love for you is constant and unwavering, lunch or
no lunch, gift or no gift.
I have one request :Do not remove me from your “To-
Make me a permanent item on your list.
A 30-second call from you is all that I need to make
me feel like the Queen of the Universe.
A one-line email from you saying that you miss me is
what brings a tear drop of joy.
Your hug is still the sweetest gift.
Your laugh is my best dessert.
Your footsteps are the sweetest music to my ears.
You redefined joy for me.
You are my mirror – I see my reflection in you and I
wonder if this is what a miracle looks like.
And there is one more thing…I realize that parents
are imperfect people trying to raise a perfect child.
And so I must confess and ask for your
understanding and forgiveness for my flaws and
irrational beliefs and of course, as always, here is a
fresh dose of my “advice” to you.
May you never know fear:
Live your life without fear.
Although as parents we perpetually create scary
scenarios about all the things that can go wrong if
you do this or don’t do that, don’t let fear come in
the way of pursuing your dreams or living your life.
Go for it.
Life is to be lived by taking giant steps, not a few
puny little safe steps like a scared mouse in a dark
May you have enough:
As parents, we want you to have all the comforts of
Truth be known, we want you to be well off for one
“logical” reason or the other.
But we also know that wealth and happiness are not
There is something called “just enough” for each
individual to live a good life.
Whatever your “just enough” mark may be, may you
find it and may it stay and grow with you.
May you see the Divine in everyone:
Even though we taught you that God loves everyone
and everyone is equal, we have also confused you
many times through our own actions that clearly
show that we don’t always believe in it or live by it.
May the Divinity in you see the Divine in everyone
you encounter, regardless of their
class, creed, age, religion, education, and other
May you live in this moment:
As parents, we are always focused on the future.
When you accomplish one thing, we look to the next
accomplishment or accolade and then the next.
We have foolishly come to believe that life is a string
of “accomplishments” or security gates that need to
be opened and shut appropriately.
May you learn to live in this moment, for it is a
string of “moments” that will become the fabric of
May you have the courage to live your life, not ours:
In the name of taking care of you and your welfare,
knowingly or unknowingly, we live our dreams
We work hard to earn bragging rights with our
friends and even more so, with our enemies.
May you walk the path of your heart and your spirit .
May you always know that you have the power to
define success on your terms, not ours.
May your family be large:
It is easy to define “family” as blood relatives.
But I hope your family is a large one – after all this
planet belongs to you.
All living creatures in it are your family.
The environment, with all its natural beauty, is your
May you always recycle .
May you always love and protect this planet and all
its living creatures.
May you see your dad as a “mom” too:
When I am off sync, he has stepped in and been both
a dad and a mom to you.
Mom in not a gender thing.
It is a philosophy of love and caring and a life of
Your dad has been a great substitute mom on many
Remember to thank him as well every “Mother’s Day.”
May you be courageous and kind:
Although as parents we crave for stability in your
life, the only area where stability is yours to have
and hold is your character.
May you always be courageous and kind and
Taking is easy – but giving takes a heart that beats
with care and purpose.
Share your wealth, for when you give, your receive.
May you always be my teacher:
Even though I may pretend to be the teacher and the
adult, it is not always the case.
You have taught me about
love, humility, hope, courage, persistence, and
May you always be my teacher.
May you be wise:
Finally (yes, I know you have been waiting for this)
like waves in the ocean that rise and crash, our lives
are also filled with waves.
If your wave ever crashes, don’t worry or panic like
your parents may have.
Just go to the “sacred place” in your heart.
Know that there is always one person in the world
who wakes up with a prayer on her lips for you and
goes to bed with a prayer on her lips for you.
Every crashed wave rises again, in one form or the
Embrace the wisdom of the moment.
Make it your own.
Know that you will be okay. Always.
It is not easy, but we moms know that our kids are
capable of great things, not just easy things.
There we go again!
Love you, now and forever.
May Grace be with you, now and forever.
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