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An Ode to Mothers

Updated on April 26, 2009
A J. Kirk Richards painting
A J. Kirk Richards painting

Mother, mom, ma, mama, amma, amee, madre, all among some of the names mothers are called all over the world.  No matter how a mother is called, a mother is a special being, no matter where one is from.  The ties that bind a mother to her children are from the moment of conception.  A mother is the first living being, babies’ first get to know.  They get to know the sound of her heart beats, like no other.  It is this beat and rhythm that lulls them to sleep or calms and comforts them in their warm, watery home.  It is the loving and cozy touch of her womb that cradles the baby in the darkness.  A mother’s voice is the voice they know so well, the magic voice they hold onto, without any fear of the darkness they are swimming in.   The rumblings in her stomach are the sounds of nature they do not know yet but the working sounds of the mothers body gives the unborn infant, the first cues to accept future sounds that will invade forever, during life’s journey, as life is full of sounds like one big orchestra. 

Once born, the baby clings to those very familiar sounds for comfort.  Now, new sensations are experienced with this familiar person.  Taste!  That her milk has, as it nourishes, succors and soothes that new hunger sensation.   Her soft touch as she touches the baby with her gentle hands.  The soothing, reassuring and calm feeling a mother’s hands provide relieves and eases all discomfort, comforting the baby at all times.  Her very own smell that invades her surroundings and lulls the baby, a mommy smell that lets the baby know she is near.  Then there is the sight of the mother.  Even though doctors say, babies see in a blur, a baby knows the mother’s blur as well as her heart beat lullaby.

Mothers are those special beings who are home, parent and friend.  No matter what kind of house one has, it becomes a home when the presence of a mother is there.  It is that presence that makes children run home when something good or bad happens.  It is the mother they want to be comforted by or to tell the good news to.  Whether they were bullied, bothered, fell, got hurt or got an A at school.  They want to run to mommy, to kiss or hug away the pain or make her smile at the good news.

Mommy is who children need by their bedside when sick.  Even grown up children, need their mommies and like to have them nearby when sick or ill.  Adults too, find mothers to be a calming presence.  Mothers are totally selfless.  They will give up everything and anything for the well being of their children.

Mothers are multifaceted people.  They are home makers, cleaners, cooks, chauffeurs, teachers, nurses, psychologists, comforter, friend sister, daughter, wife and a myriad other things all rolled into one.  The complexity of being a mother is endless.  The most complex job on earth is that of a mother but she will be the last person to think so. She just performs all her tasks without a second thought for herself.

Children do not ask to be born, mothers decide to have children and give them life when they bring them into this world.  Mothers know that it is a mother’s duty to do the best for their babies and it is a mother’s love for her child that makes her achieve the impossible. Her baby will always be her baby no matter how old the baby has become.  In a mother’s heart, a baby is always and forever her baby.



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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Spoken by a wonderful daughter and a wonderful mother! :)

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      Kiruba Harris 8 years ago

      Thanks Shal, I don't know about the wonderful but one tries you know. My mom was truly wonderful and so is yours. Such a joy to have them in our lives. God bless mothers.

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      Carlos Schafer 8 years ago

      Thnaks for writing that, reading it warmed my heart

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      Kiruba harris 8 years ago

      I am so glad Carlitos, you have a truly wonderful mother and friend all rolled into one. See you turned out to be an exceptionally wonderful person.

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      Packia Josiah 8 years ago

      Have a Happy and Blessed Mother's day.

      Well done Kiruba. I remember what a selfless and loving mother and grand mother you had. This is an honourable memory for them.

      I also like the appropriate picture of the painting you have for the hub.

      you had.

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      Kiruba Harris 8 years ago

      Thankyou Baiamma akka. Yes they were wonderful and I have been so blessed to have had them in my life. You too have been a truly wonderful mother. God bless you.

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      TheLesleyShow 8 years ago from US

      very sweet, well done

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      Kiruba Harris 8 years ago

      Thankyou thelesleyshow, we owe everything to our mothers. At least I do.

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      Francisco 8 years ago

      Wonderful text, real values, real feelings centered in love and family, real familes, not alternative families, as we heard now. That´s what counts in the end and it is a pity that all this, that history teaches us about our own beings, is ignored so frequently now. And then they try to give complex explanations to something so simple, without mothers as the center of families, our society as we have known it will no longer exist.

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      Kiruba Harris 8 years ago

      Absolutely Francisco. A Mother is the glue that holds the fabric of the family together.

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      8 years ago

      It is truly touching! Miss them. Need to emulate their qualities.

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      Arul Harris 8 years ago

      Good writing. Hope the new generation will realise how important a mother is.

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      Kiruba Harris 8 years ago

      Yes indeed Arul, so very true. We were fortunate to have a truy wonderful mother.

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      Kiruba Harris 8 years ago

      Yes J, One does miss them so when they are no more. Yes indeed. We do need to emulate our mothers selfless and truly wonderful qualities.

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      Angel Papali 6 years ago

      What a wonderful article, Kiruba! From a wonderful daughter & mum - these words are so true.

      Mothers -- are the best!! :)

      Thank you for sharing.

      Looking forward to more such nuggets from you. :)

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      Kiruba Harris 6 years ago

      Thank you Angel. Aren't mothers the best life deal us?


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      anne koshy ( nee john) 5 years ago

      Thank you kiruba for expressing everything about mothers! Don't know whether you remember me- class of 1966 in Queen Marys School! I remember your Mum - such a tall and smiling lady! I too miss my mother who was everything rolled into one being with her selfless love!!

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      Kiruba Harris 5 years ago

      Hello Anne, Yes, mothers are the best. Of course I remember you. In fact I asked around to be able to get in touch with you. Do click on contact Kiruba and leave me your email and I shall contact you directly.

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