True Love: Family and Friends

I had a challenge sometimes last year, I never thought I could survive and even if I did, I would never remain the same.

“Have we ever wondered mother’s silent cries? Her struggles, her fears and her worries? Do we ever have time for this in our busy lives? Have we ever thought of the sacrifices she has done in order to make our lives happier, and her dreams cut short to make our dreams come true?” 
― 
Ama H.Vanniarachchy

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In the middle of this, the people that stayed and encouraged me were my family members and few of my friends. The support of my parent made the “cross” lighter than expected. After all is settled, I began to reflect on the amount of love showered on me and the support I got from them which made my thank God for making me part of this wonderful family.

There is this story my Father love to tell when he’s on the altar which I will love to share because it inspires me every time I hear it. Enjoy…

My mom only had one eye. I hated her… She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students and teachers to support the family.

There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed.

How could she do this to me? I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school one of my classmates said, “EEEE, your mom only has one eye!”

I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. I confronted her that day and said, “If you’re only going to make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?”

My mom did not respond… I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feelings.

I wanted out of that house, and have nothing to do with her. So I studied real hard, got a chance to go abroad to study.

Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life, my kids and the comforts. Then one day, my Mother came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t even meet her grandchildren.

When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her, and I yelled at her for coming over uninvited. I screamed at her, “How dare you come to my house and scare my children! GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!”

And to this, my mother quietly answered, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address.” – And she disappeared out of sight.

One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity.

My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a single tear. They handed me a letter that she had wanted me to have.

“My dearest son,

I think of you all the time. I’m sorry that I came to your house and scared your children.

I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I’m sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up.

You see……..when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. So I gave you mine.

I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.

With all my love to you,

Your mother.”

It’s a true expression of love without border, the moral of the story is “we should learn to appreciate and dearly love people given to us as family or friends, and learn to show the love irrespective of the physical or mental condition.”

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I love everyone that surrounds me, my family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and everyone that’s part of me. You should reach out to your loved ones and tell them you love them. You guys are everything I ever wanted, I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

 

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