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Warmth of a Mother

I was young, some 9 years old. I was growing up like any other kid- lots of love, candies, fairy tales, and everything in between. We were a big family, and life was not easy with papa being the sole bread earner. Despite the difficult times, we were happy, because we loved each other. And one day, we got a bolt from the blue. Mom was diagnosed with this ugly thing called Cancer. Her uterus was completely affected, and the cancer had spread to her ovary too. Today, such a disease is not unheard of, and a cure is easy to find. But back then, things were real difficult. My father had to rush to India, and we were left behind with our grandparents. I was the youngest among the sisters, and was very vulnerable. Father would call granny everyday to let her know of the prognosis. We were not completely sure of what was happening, other than the constant consolation from our relatives and well wishers. I did not know if I would ever see my mom again, but every day, I prayed and hoped that I would.

My parents returned after two months. We were literally standing on the door the entire day waiting for their arrival. They finally came. Mom looked fragile, and she was carried in on a stretcher. I didn’t know how to react. I followed them to the room where she was to rest for the next six months. I just kept staring at her, and all the tubes that were passing through different parts of her body. I was confused and I was terrified. I had always seen her healthy and now in the state that she was in, she almost looked like someone I didn’t know. It was then that she held my hand and pulled me towards her to give me a hug. Nothing else mattered, nothing else existed. It was just me and my mother and her warmth that I valued. That magical moment made me realize what she means to me, and how beautiful life is with her. I learnt not to take life and loved ones for granted. I realized that personal happiness is all that matters at the end of the day. I learnt that bad days will be followed by good days, and that we should take each moment as it comes, and keep the smiles coming. I realized that humankind is so much better with mothers, and so much more worth living with their love.

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Carri Pence's picture

A Family Affair

It is hard to understand when someone so close to you that represented strength becomes so weak. But the beauty I saw in your entry was not just the love between you and your mom but the loyalty and support that was shown between your family members. Your mom was recovering from cancer but your family was recovering from the trauma and pain, and it shows that you all did it together.

Khushbu's picture

True

Dear Carripence

Thank you so much for the comment. You are right. The family was in a state of trauma, and we could stand firm because we have each other..It is difficult to see your loved ones in pain. After she recovered from the cancer, there were many other things that got on her, and even today, she is not completely well. But her strength is inspiring.

Thank you again for your words:)

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

pooza11's picture

Long time no see

hey Khusbhu,

It nice to hear from you after a long time. is it? I am happy that your mother is well now.I think we have sufferings so that we can remember god. it is the tendency of human being to remember god in bad times only.

To the degree we are going through difficulties to that degree we would learn to tolerate and krishna would reciprocate with us. The difficulties are nothing but the message from Krsna that He would be coming soon to reciprocate with us....

So just take everything is a positive way. ethg will be goodYes, bad days are followed by good days.

keep writing

Pooza

Khushbu's picture

well said

Dear Pooza

Yes, it has been long time indeed. I was pretty busy with a lot of things, work and family. How have you been?

What you said is really beautiful. You have molded your thoughts so well. Thank you for all the wonderful words.

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

pooza11's picture

Thank You

I appreciate your appreciation khusbu. Despite being so much occupied with work and family, It good to see you back.

keep writing more...
Love and Peace

Pooza

Katie McDonald's picture

Value of those around

Hi Khushbu,

Thank you for sharing your story. It must have been a very challenging time.

It is great that through the expereince you lean't to truly value those around you.

Katie

Khushbu's picture

Thank you

Dear Katie

Yes, it certainly was a challenging time, but we overcame it...with the togetherness and the love! And, like you say, these moments create a special bonding, which we can cherish all our lives.

Thank you for dropping your words. You are really kind!

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

Fatima Waziri's picture

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your story. I just cannot imagine what you and your family went through whilst your mother was sick. However, with family we can always overcome all. Let us all live our lives like it was our last and always make peace with people as we go along.

I hope your mum is well and healthy. God bless her!

Peace!
Fatima

Khushbu's picture

Thank you

Dear Fatima

Thank you for dropping in your words. My mum is doing fine. She is not in the best of her health, but she is a strong woman. she has diabetes, high blood pressure and suffers from indigestion since her gall bladder was removed due to stones, and she is underweight. But she is coping. Like you say, with family, everything is possible.

Thank you again for you kindness!

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

Tripti's picture

Hi Khusbu

Hi Khusbu, I can imagine the situation too. My mother having the heart problem, we would have the same amount of tension in the house, esp with me because i cannot stand my mother suffering from anything. She had suffered all her life and i dont want her to suffer further. When you wrote about how warmth your mothers hug was, it really touched my heart. Really there's no cure for fear unless it is a mother's hug.

Khushbu's picture

True

Dear Tripti..

nice to be connected with you here. You are right with everything you have said about mothers and their love:)

Hope to read more from you

Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

JaniceW's picture

So beautiful

Khushbu,
Namaskar. I cannot imagine how frightening that must have been for you at that age, not truly understanding what was going on. I am so glad she is still with you and am sure that the love of her daughters gives her strength each day. A mother's love is unique and I certainly would not be who I am without my mother's loving guidance, firm hand, and wonderful example of generosity and compassion. She is my best friend and the first I turn to in times of joy or sorrow. I could not imagine life without her. They are the best!

Hardik subhakamana,
Janice xx

Khushbu's picture

Mothers

Dear Janice

It certainly was frightening, but we are lucky that we are together, and mom keeps me inspiring more everyday, with her patience and everything else.

There have been times when me and my mother had huge differences on issues. I have shouted at her, and now, when i come to think of everything, I realize how stupid I have been. At the end of the day, its they and their love that matters.

Thank you for writing Janice.

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

ArtByMia's picture

Mother Daughter love

There is nothing like the love of family and the bond of Mother and Daughter. This is such a beautiful submission. I thank you for sharing such beauty and I encourage you to continue to write and keep us updated.

Have a blessed day, Mia

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