What is it like to Start Monday as a Mother?
I had a very interesting conversation with my Mom. It was our during one of our daily talks this topic came out of nowhere. We laughed and laughed at the conversation we had. I must say this is one of the most cherished conversation we had. I imagined my mother and how she spent her days when we were kids. I hardly noticed her then. All I knew was Mom makes food and she hears all I talk.
This conversation made me realize that Mom really listened to all my after-school talks and knew me much better than I thought. Anyway, coming back to the Monday Musings, I asked her just out of the blue, What was her Monday like when we were kids and what she honestly thought about it. She laughed and then she spoke like a kid to me. She shared her experience happily with me.
“Most Mondays were scary. You know, at times I even used to get a head ache. I must pack you guys before 8AM and prepare breakfast for the family(joint family) on time. Lunch followed immediately. I also had to take care of the household chores back to back. Eating also became a chore most times. I used to like the laid back weekends better then. Though you guys were at home, you only troubled me being a slow-eater. Otherwise, there wasn’t much trouble. And yes, you guys used to blow my ears with your entire school story. Though I liked it, at times it used to be so long that you wouldn’t even realize I stopped listening.
Mondays became a bit challenging once I started working. I wasn’t initially able to cope up with work and home. I concentrated more on home initially. I felt I wasn’t ready to go to work. It took me a lot of courage to finally decide to take work seriously. I assigned tasks to my daughters who I considered my only support then. Though you guys didn’t oblige immediately you did when you understood what it is like to be a working mother. Oh, actually, you obliged because I bought you tasty snacks in the evening.
Now, after almost 20 years of working, I feel Mondays are a great day to start the week fresh. I plan ahead and have learnt to sort out work at home. I also learnt to let things be and not simply scrub everything everyday. I love Mondays because now I know I need that fresh air to start all over again without losing hope.”
My mother is an Insurance Consultant with LIC and Star Health. She is an amazing person who has helped many people get insured. Right from the aunty who sells flowers, to house maids to the person who sells bananas, tender coconuts she has helped them get insured and followed through till the amount matures. I never understood her job earlier. Today I am grateful for her job and how she considers this as her service to community.
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