Today I share some words through this personal story.
We wait until someone leaves their body to speak the good things about that person. I believe that we should tell someone the great things we admire about them or how we feel while they are alive.
My Mom is a great person, a great soul. As a child growing up she worked very hard taking care of her smaller siblings while they her parents(my grandparents) worked the fields to earn a living. Life was hard. She never had a good time and was always working.
She worked very hard to bring up us 7 siblings and had to contend with an alcoholic husband, my father whose earnings was small. She never had any money to do anything for herself but she would try to get us our books and clothes. Thank God we had good brains and were able to make good lives for ourselves as we grew older. She never learned to read or write but have great common sense. She is extremely kind and loving to all. She loved God passionately and that give her great strength. Perhaps this is part of the reason I love God. She will pray with her last breath for her children and grandchildren and everybody else. Now she is showing signs of forgetfulness. She is 86 years and suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and walks with a stick or walker.
Maa, you will never read this but I have always told you of how great a person you are. You are beautiful and a true hero.
My brother Ganesh, also known as Sean served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was medically discharged and has been taking care of my Mom for the past year. He is so quiet, patient and loving and is a great soul. To go through the devastation of war and be who he is, is admirable. The way he never gets upset with her even though he has to repeat things. The kind way he does things for her even though it can become tiring. Ganesh you are great. I salute you with all my love and respect. You are a true hero.
Last week my Mom fell and dislocated her shoulder and fractured part of the arm. This is bad. Now she is in a rehab center. The place smells like pee. These places are desolate and tiring. Hope this place is good and she can improve to come home in three weeks.
To these silent heroes I give all my love and respect. I salute you.
Please share the love and salute my Mom and brother for being such awesome human beings.
All my love.