Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame. ..................................

Thursday, May 21, 2009


My mom only had one eye. I hated her... she was such an embarrassment. She cooked for students & 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.

Always tell someone that you love them because you never know what day will be their last, or your own. Always seek to resolve your problems or disagreements with loved ones because if either of you should pass on before, the one who is left alive will have the rest of their life to ponder those unresolved feelings but will never find closure and closure usually brings peace.


Brosreview said...

Hmm, I have read this one before. This is quite touching. Thanks for sharing this here.

Simply Heather said...

At first I was glad this wasn't your personal sharing :o)

I was just thinking about my mother this morning, and the thoughts of her - who she was at the age I am right now, and wishing that I had understood her better in those days.

This post holds much truth. It amazes me how timely it is for me today...but why should it amaze me, God always knows how to touch our heart.

May you hold peace with each step you take, Narayanan....

Pradip Biswas said...

Whenever I chance to get internet connections I first search your blog because it inspires me from inside. You have everything with your writing. Please continue.

Greener Bangalore said...

hehe Heather, i always said...I post here those which are interesting, funny and touching which I come across through various sources...Anyway I am glad that you all are interested reading more of such posts.....Anyway Thanks Bros,Heather and Pradeep for your honest comments....

darsden said...

WoW, so glad it wasn't a personal story because I was going to really kick your butt for treating your mom like that...

mbkatc230 said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my beach photos. I'm so happy that you did, because it led me to your blog. It is wonderful!

Greener Bangalore said...

hahaha! Daaaaarsdeeeen :) and hi thanks for you visit back and comments MBK......keep visiting

Strawberry Girl said...

I agree with darsden!! :D

Seriously, this has got to be the most dramatic way of showing that we need to appreciate those good people in our lives, those that make sacrifices that we many times don't even appreciate. Thanks for bringing it home again. :0)