My family did not have family trips in the past during school holidays. Instead, my mother arranged for us to work from home. (WFH happened that long ago!) We were doing piece rate stamping of incense paper where you manually wet a big stamp with red ink and transfer the stamp to the face of the incense paper that already has a silver foil glued on it. It was dusty and monotonous after a while but it gave us a way to expand all those young restless energy.
My mother would usually prepare a special treat in the afternoon for us. It was her specialty, homemade curry puffs. (If I may say, they tasted as good if not better than Old Chang Kee)
Or else, we would buy slices of thick white toast spread with kaya and margarine from an Indian uncle who had a large box strapped to his bicycle seat. The box that opened on one end to reveal the aroma of freshly baked bread. Heavenly!
My mother did not check on our school or homework, but we got a special treat of a bottle of “Brands Essence” (should be quite expensive at that time) whenever we sat for major examinations.
My mother did not cuddle us or told us bedtime stories, but I did not remember going to bed hungry nor did any of her children suffer any consequences from unattended aliments.
I thank my mother for bringing us up the best way that she can. She has given each of her children the best gift which is education.
In her old age, I wish for her to be blessed with many moments of family bliss, to suffer less from old age aliments, to be more forgetful of past unhappiness and live each day more happily.
For her future lives, I wish that she may be born with more favourable conditions, to have the opportunity to learn to read and write, to have many benefactors and friends and be able to learn Buddhism for the path towards liberation.
Penned by Goh Sock Choo
Accumulate Merits through Sangha & Light Offering
This year we’ll probably celebrate Mother’s Day in quarantine.
To stay close to your Mother, you can do a Mother’s Day Special Offering to Buddha and Bodhisattvas for her.
This will bestow divine blessings for her health and well-being. What better way to show your love and filial piety then making this offering as a gift for your beloved Mother.