In Memoriam...

My mother lost her battle with cancer barely 8 days into the new year. We are still struggling to come to terms with the aftermath. My writer mind has been struggling to find the perfect words to remember my mother... but I have finally given up. I don't think any child can write a befitting memoir of a parent, especially a mother who performs an extremely complex role in a daughter's life. I would have to write a book to encompass it all...

So here are a few vignettes of my mother, gleaned from an old album and a few of her last pictures. She held my hand as she brought me into this life. I was privileged to hold her hand as she went out of hers. For this and all the myriad blessings that was embodied in my mother, I bow in profound gratitude to the Almighty. 

Ma on her wedding day.





A demure newlywed...

With her younger sister, my beloved aunt. The bond between the sisters was one of the strongest in her life...

With her firstborn...yes, me.


On my wedding day...


With all her children and grandchildren...


On the occasion of her surprise 40th wedding anniversary party, with her sister and sister-in-law... three bosom companions... My aunts who are also my surrogate mothers are the sole reason that I don't feel completely bereft of a mother now...


The last family celebration she attended... Vishu with us in 2015. 


One of her last pictures. Her smile still in place...

A horde of memories come stampeding in and no words can do them full justice. So let me stop here for the time being. 

Comments

  1. Hugs, darling....no words can stand in stead of heartfelt prayers that you ride through your grief and come out whole...

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  2. I can understand the pain Sreekala! She is there with you & Im sure you know & believe that she is watching over you all. She had the fortune to spend quality time with her wonderful children & grandchildren. Stay strong & take care.

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