Last month, Sulekha.com held a number of blogging contests, one of which was on the eve of Mother's Day. I entered into this particular contest and blogged on the topic "What makes a happy mother" (http://homeneeds.sulekha.com/what-makes-a-happy-mother_602849_blog)
Last month the results were declared and I was elated to know that I had bagged the 1st prize!(http://creative.sulekha.com/announcement-contest-winners_604029_blog)
I am sharing my entry below.
A mother is happiest when she is near her children. So it is her children that makes a happy mother. And I can say this is true of all the mothers I know, especially my mother and my mother-in-law.
The moment a child is born, a mother is born too. A mother's world revolves around her children. As long as they are with her, she has something to look forward to everyday. Taking care of her kids, making them their favourite meals, washing their clothes, tidying up their stuff and rooms, cleaning up after them, playing and spending all her time with them is what she knows best.
A mother who has grown up kids, who do not live within her proximity, is never truly happy. Although she has now more time for herself, she prefers spending it in thoughts directed towards her children. All day long she wonders what her child is up to, what he/she is eating, whether he/she is sleeping well, taking care of themselves. She mentally keeps count of the number of days before she could see them again. She waits for their call, and when it does not come, she does not hesitate to call them herself. She longs to know how her child is doing without her. She loves to know that her child still needs her and her advice.
A mother is usually always worried; worried about her children's well being. She is worried when her child is playing, sick or travelling, when he/she is writing exams, on job, staying away from home, seeing someone, getting married, having kids and hence worried all the time.
A mother has some advice on everything under the sun. As Harriet Beecher Stowe rightly quoted, "Most mothers are instinctive philosophers". We might complain as much as we want, but it is true that we can not do without her advice either.
A mother misses her children whenever they are not around. When they are not home, she prefers not to prepare their favourite dishes. And when they are home, she gives up her share so that they can have more. Tenneva Jordan correctly quoted,"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for a pie".
A mother is happy when her children are near her, but she is happier when she knows that her children cares for her and loves her too. As children it is important for us to show her that we care, in whatever way possible. It is our solemn duty and responsibility to take care of our mother's needs. However, we might get her any material thing, but it is our time and love she needs most. She needs our heartfelt care, sweet words and unconditional love.
So next time you wonder what makes your mother happy, just remember that it is you who makes her happy, happier and the happiest.