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To my Ma,
For 23 years of my life, every morning I’ve known you to wake up before me and daddy. I’ve seen you juggling chores in the kitchen; boiling the milk, preparing the breakfast, packing our tiffins etc. Then you hurry to school, spending the next 6 hours ensuring the coming generation form a better society. You come back home worrying about my lunch and at times wash up the dishes if the maid has taken a day off. You spend the afternoon tidying up the mess I am so adept at creating or if lucky take an afternoon nap. The evening is the first time in the whole day, when you relax in the balcony with a hot cup of tea. But it isn’t long before you don back your busy bee attire and get down to dinner plans often forsaking interesting bits of your favorite soaps. Finally, when dad and I are snoring away, you sit up late to finish up your school work.
Life is short Ma and time is running out. Yet you and millions of women like you limit their lives looking after their spouse, providing for their children, running the house, finishing up office work….the list is endless. So ma, for you, I’ve made a list of ‘to do things’ with the hope that one of these days you’ll follow it.
I understand habits don’t change overnight and nor do years-old routines. But if someday you takeout time to do at least one of the above mentioned things, I will feel happy that in some way I succeeded in making your day lighter.
With loads of love
- Neha Menon
About the author – Neha Menon aspires to serve her nation as an able civil servant in near future. Behind that grand ambition lies a budding writer who is both, sensitive and sensible. Her writings invariably touch the hearts of those who have the fortune of reading them.
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