Took my mother out for breakfast the other day,it was raining heavily that day and the floor of the market was rather wet and slippery,i held her hand,just to make sure that she felt secured to walking on the slippery road, then suddenly this feeling came raging to me.........
As i held her hand,her wrinkled and the hand that as if was covered with ragged cloth, I really felt that she was indeed "old already". She was once a strong woman that she would never "kow tow" to sicknesses,what more a mild flu and fever but now the same physical malaise could just worry her sick.
When she was in her mid 40s,she took the gut to get her motor license and learn to ride a motorbike from scratch for she thought it would be faster for her to get home to cook for the family and indeed she did it
Looking back through the recent years, the spate of arguments that we had,my stand against her biased comments,those times of "cold wars" with her and by that moments of holding her hand,suddenly I felt i was rather "stupid" to put an 70 ++ woman going through those nonsense,just because i thought I was upright,just because I held on to my belief that impartiatiality must prevail, the moment I held her hand that Saturday morning,I really felt I was stupid.
Suddenly,the smell of curry mutton stuffed my noise and the memory of this curry mutton,i remember the time when i was 11 years old,my mother used to slog for some extra few hours of "OTs" just to buy the mutton and cook for me my favorite and it was really a "luxury" back then.
Well,she doesn't cook for me anymore and I guess in her "remaining years" this is the time that i will tend to her now,make everything and anything else frivolous and just to make her my"mother" in her remaining years.
May the good Lord continue to bless her with good health and joy in her remaining years.
P/S :Don't lose sight of someone you love in their remaining years,