Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Labor of Love


It's 3 AM in the morning, the first of May, a holiday, and the country is celebrating Labor Day. I am currently in a vigil, my son is sick and I am keeping a close watch on his fever ... well I check his temperature every few minutes(he is prone to convulsions) and while waiting I get to write this article as well as playing fish tycoon.

It's Labor day today where we get to celebrate and honor the country's workforce but as this day starts I get to reflect on a different kind of labor, where in a woman is transformed into a mother. Becoming a mother is one of my cherished dreams and I had to wait for almost three years before I became one, and going into labor is just the start of it.

Being a mother is really a labor of love, its 24/7, like right now who knows when I can get some sleep. The truth is I really can’t sleep when my son is sick I worry too much, I can only rest if I know he is ok. I do these things because I love my son, he is the joy in my life. Being a mother has made me understand and appreciate my mother more. I realized how much she sacrificed and “labored” to put all three of us through college and my mother works as a government clerk with a year to go before retirement and her salary is still less than ten thousand pesos.

When we were growing up, I have never heard Mama complain about how tired she is or how hard it is for her to provide for the family (my father is a construction worker before and jobs are few) even now with bad arthritis knees she still goes to work everyday climbing up and down those stairs of the LRT2(Recto to Santolan Line) then walking to their office building a few blocks from the jeepney stop everyday when you meet her you might not see her discomfort she always have a smile on her lips.

My mother is a very strong person, maybe I will never get to be that strong, maybe having a mother’s love for her children and family gives you the strength to go on and do what needs to be done.

This month we also get to celebrate Mother’s Day, a day we pay tribute to the person who brought us to the world, protected us, loved us, nurtured us and played a key role of who we are today, OUR MOTHER. Express your gratitude to your moms by sending them a special gift.

To me the sweetest word I love to hear is when my son calls me “Mommy”. This Mother’s Day I will prepare something special for all the mothers in my life my Mama and my Nanay (mother-in-law) both are strong women and my guide and inspiration through this rewarding road of motherhood.

5 comments:

Reg said...

I hope little Lorenzo is ok now... It is the love of mothers like you and your mom that makes this world a happy place...Advance Happy Mother's Day to you on this Labor Day!

Anonymous said...

wow!very inspiring i will create one for my mom...since its her 14th death anniversary on fri and mother's day is coming soooon..nice one jo!

2lits

Anonymous said...

hope okay na po si enzo... you're always a good mother...not only to enzo but also to some of your students...you helped us, guide us, and taught us the things that we need to know...and for that, in behalf of the students who will graduate on friday, i want to thank you...God Bless po...

Advance Happy Mothee's Day!!!

Anonymous said...

hope okay na po si enzo... you're always a good mother...not only to enzo but also to some of your students...you helped us, guide us, and taught us the things that we need to know...and for that, in behalf of the students who will graduate on friday, i want to thank you...God Bless po...

Advance Happy Mothee's Day!!!

gem said...

Being a mother has a sense of tender and care to her son/daughter. They always think about them. As sons/daughters, we must cherish our mother as they had cherished and spent their time so much with us! I hop your son will get well soon. Take care of him! Happy mothers to you, to all mothers and also to all who are hoping to be a mom(bale advance happy mothers sa kanila. hehe...) Take care & Godbless!!!