Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What I Like About...Being a Mother

It has been a while since I last made a post on this blog. I have been rather busy with some other things but that should not really be an excuse. If we want something, then we have to make time for it.

Ok, I'm really guilty of being remiss with my duty as a blogger. Mea culpa! Please forgive me. 

Anyway, what I am going to share today is something that I started a long time ago but never got around to finishing it. That long time ago was when I was still a young mother with 3 young children. Now, I am not that young anymore and all my children are already adults.

So what was it that I started a long time ago?

Well, I started writing about my experiences or adventures as a mother. I would jot down comments, conversations and moments shared with my kids. I thought I would share those comments, conversations and moments because being a mother is really so fascinating and rewarding.

I must confess that the demands of being a working mother never allowed me to put my work into any publishable form. However, I just chanced upon an old notebook where I used to keep some of my notes and it was fun and heartwarming to read some of my entries there. Hahaha, I'm going down memory lane - a sure sign of getting old? Who cares? I love being a mother!

So, what I like about ...being a mother is my post for today. I'm sure you mothers out there have had some kind of similar moment with your kids.

 The scene is after dinner and we were simply enjoying some small talk and dessert. My kids were about age 8,7 and 3 at that time. My kids suddenly turned to me and asked, "Mama, please sing for us."

Well, I can sing but I am no singer. I can carry a tune perfectly but I know my limitations. However, I never realized how much my kids appreciated my singing until that moment!

I  answered them, "I have a talent fee you know, I get paid before I sing". I said it as a joke but I soon realized that they took me seriously because of their next question.

"How much Mama?"

I answered (trying to keep a poker face), "Since you are my children, I will give you a discount. You can give me whatever you can afford". When I said that, they looked at each other and then left the dining table one by one. I thought that was the end of that. But then I got the surprise of my life.

After a few minutes, they came back each with his/her piggy banks, some more precious coins plus a few paper bills. They showed me their collection and seriously asked me... "Is this enough Mama?"

Wow! What would you do if you were in my place?

Here's what I did. I hid my face from them for a few minutes to pretend that I was preparing to sing. Actually, I tried to hide the tears from my eyes. I simply was so touched! Then I gave them not one song but an impromptu concert which they whole-heartedly applauded.

After the applause died down, I gave them back their money and covered their faces with kisses. I told them my singing will always be "gratis et amore" for them. Of course I had to explain what is "gratis et amore" but we just spent the next few minutes after that, hugging and kissing each other.

So that's why I love being a mother. Where and how else can you have moments like this if you are not a mom?


  1. Jill, you must have a wonderful mother--one with such a lovely voice your own kids paid to hear. What a privilege and a joy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Angeline,
    Thanks very much. I'd like to believe that I am a good mother. Hahaha! I'm sure you are too!
    However, I don't really have illusions about my voice. I'll repeat what I said there above, "I can sing but I am no singer".
    Thanks for dropping by Angeline!

  3. What a sweet story. I found you on hubpages which led me to this blog here. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Debbie,
    Thank you very much! Thanks for following me here from Hubpages.
    God bless!

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this little story. I am a mother of three also.

    1. Hello Patricia,
      I am so happy that you enjoyed this little story. I am sure you have your own story to tell. Maybe you would to share it here?
      Thank you very much for leaving this comment. It's been a while since I last updated this blog. However, with people like you leaving a comment like this, now I am encourage to maybe take this up again.
      God bless you!


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