I’m sure many of you will only say nice things about your mother and will express how much you love her and all that. But honestly, I used to hate my mother. And I used to want to run away from home because of her.
She was a control freak. Everything had to be done her way and nothing else was acceptable except what she said. If I wanted her to know that I had done my chores, I had to do it in her presence or she would not believe that I had done it.
She was very strict. And I was always rebelling against her. I really thought that I was adopted and that was why she seemed to always treat me differently from my other siblings. I always imagined her as my stepmother.
But now that I am a mother and in retrospect, I can understand her. I was a difficult child. I was always throwing a tantrum. I cried and cried when I was a baby. I remember a memory of me going to an island in a boat and when I asked my mom about it, she said that I was two years old at that time and we were going to the island to meet someone who could cure me of my crying fits.
I can’t imagine how frustrated she must have been having a child like me. She must have been at her wits’ ends trying to deal with my crying fits that she even sought the services of a shaman on an island. And in all this experience, she was so patient with me.
And when I was infected with typhoid at the age of eight, she brought me to so many doctors that I lost count. I remember seeing her tears run down her cheeks because she felt so helpless that she couldn’t make me better.
She may have not been the world’s best mother but she’s my mother and she’s the best for me and I thank God that she was such a patient woman to bring up such a difficult child as I was.
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