Behind every successful woman, there stands a strong, nurturing, loving mother. Our local celebs and personalities express their heartfelt messages to their beloved mums this Mother’s Day.
I am thankful for you everyday. But on this particular day – Mother’s Day – amid this most peculiar time – the time of Covid19 isolation – I want to express a special thanks.
For being, at 84, fluid, curious, dynamic, resourceful, positive and resilient.
All your life, I know you live for mainly one thing – specifically to see your immediate family – your three children and their children – around your dining table on Mondays, and to feed them their favourite dishes of yours, to silently watch them eat while you fuss over the food bustling in and out of your kitchen, and then to listen to your grandchildren tell ridiculous stories of their youth and have them laugh.
This simple but essential part of your life, the one simple thing you asked of us and yourself, was taken away from you with the social distancing guidelines.
I know you live for the day we will be around the table again, but till then, and I know with much difficulty, you listened and tried to understand the reasons for this distancing and more importantly, you tried out all the other ways in which we have suggested to replace that gorgeous dinner feeling of closeness.
Your grandchildren send you videos of our cats frolicking. You love cats. I make you bake cakes and tarts to pass the time, and collect them to share with friends, contactless.
You’ve learnt how to whatsapp video, and though most of the time, we only see top of your head, I know like us, you are calmed by the sound of our voices.
You’ve learnt how to watch what we put on your list on Netflix. And after you watch it, we call you for a full-out discussion on who were your favourite couples on Love Is Blind.
At 84, you still fight in such a beautiful and meaningful way, to show us how much you love us. You change. You relearn. You reinvent, while never losing who you intrinsically are. The whole nation needs to learn from you on how to survive this time. Because if they do, we’re all going to be okay in the end. Just like how I’ve learnt what you always make me feel – that it’s all going to be okay in the end. And that is perhaps the best thing all mothers can teach their children about life.
I love you so much it hurts, Mum. Happy Mother’s Day.
Love, Beegirl (what you call me and my family nickname).
My life wouldn’t be complete if it is not for you. Thank you for being there for me through all the ups and downs. I love you.
It’s a different Mothers’ Day this year as we can’t go out for a nice dinner with the family, nor throw any parties. But especially in this time of Circuit Breaker, it has made me really stop to think about how I spend my time, to count my blessings and to be grateful to be blessed with the special people in my life.
I know we used to have such crazy fights back in the day when I was a rebellious teenager, but these days we are truly more like sisters, and I think that is such a special and precious thing. It’s also really comforting to know I always have mummy to run to whenever and whatever happens!
Over the years, what I appreciate most is the freedom, openness and fact that I can truly be myself, without any judgement. Not all girls are fortunate to have such an easy and special relationship with their mother, sans any game-playing or emotional drama. It must have been hard to watch me make the mistakes I have made, and probably even harder to have let me make them and learn the lessons I have from them. I know it was hard to let us go and be the people we were meant to be. I have only always ever felt supported, and never held back, in anything that I have wanted to do in life, and this is something I have come to cherish more and more.
You have always put us and our happiness first, and we kids definitely know that. Thanks for being the best mum anyone could ever have.
Your only daughter! (The boys can write their own message, haha!)
One of my first memories is the scent of your YSL Opium parfum lingering in the room long after you left. You were always my fashion idol with your Charles Jordan Seducta shoes, Rayban Aviators and huge disco hairdo. Even now in your 70s, you rock leather skirts and bomber jackets! I also model your generous way with hugs, kisses and words of affection with my own daughter now.
I love you Mummy, Happy Mother’s Day. I wish we were together celebrating you. After all this is over, we will!
Thank you for giving meaning to what ‘love’ truly is and will forever be. Thank you for the countless nights you waited up for me and for always being there for me to run to no matter what.
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Dear Mum (Sujata Channa),
I miss not being able to be with you in person this Mother’s Day! I hope your other children at home including papa are going to spoil you silly but let’s face the facts – I am your favourite child! Have a great Mother’s Day! I love you and may you be blessed with the best.