Pada hari Ahad 9 Mei 2010, seluruh dunia menyambut Hari Ibu. Kepada semua ibu-ibu di luar sana, diucapkan Selamat Hari Ibu dan terima kasih kerana telah melahirkan kami. Terima kasih kerana telah menyayangi kami. Terima kasih telah mengajar kami. Terima kasih kerana telah membimbing kami. Terima kasih untuk segala-galanya.
Mungkin sebelum ini kita tidak punya masa untuk bersama ibu tetapi sempena hari ibu ini, apa kata kita luangkan sedikit masa bersama ibu. Ucapkanlah ‘Selamat Hari Ibu’ kepada mereka. Ya, mereka tidak meminta balasan yang besar, mereka juga tidak meminta harta yang bertimbun-timbun dan mereka juga tidak memerlukan kemewahan yang diberikan oleh anak-anak. Tetapi, hanya dua perkara sahaja yang mereka inginkan iaitu kejayaan anak-anak dan doa dari anak yang soleh…
Hargailah dan sayangilah ibu semasa mereka masih hidup. Jika mereka sudah tiada, menangis air mata darah sekalipun, yang tinggal hanya kenangan dan hanya doa dan amal soleh kita sahaja yang mampu dikirimkan kepada mereka di sana.
Disini aku sertakan satu kisah berkaitan dengan seorang anak dan ibu.
MY MOTHER STORY
My mom only had one eye. I hated her. She was such an embarrassment. She cooked for student and teacher to support the family.
There was this one day during elementary school where my mom came to say hello to me. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me?!. I ignored her, threw her a hateful look and ran out.
The next day at school one of my classmates said,
“Eeee, your mom only has one eye!”.
I wanted to bury myself. I also wanted my mom to just disappear. So I confronted her that day and said,
“If you’re only gonna make me a laughing stock, why don’t you just die?!!”
My mom did not respond…
I didn’t even stop to think for a second about what I had said, because I was full of anger. I was oblivious to her feeling. I wanted out of that house…
So I studied real hard, got a chance to go to Singapore to study.
Then, I got married and bought a house of my own. I had kids of my own. I was happy with my life. Then one day, my mother came to visit me. She hadn’t seen me in years and she didn’t even meet her grandchildren!. When she stood by the door, my children laughed at her. I screamed at her,
“How dare you come to my house and scare my children!, GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!”
And to this, my mother quietly answered,
“Oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,” and she disappeared out of sight.
One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So I lied to my wife that I was going on business trip.
After the reunion, I went to the old shack just out of curiosity!. My neighbors said that she died. I did not shed a single tear!. They handed me a letter that she wanted me to have…
“My dearest son, I think of you all the time. I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. I’m sorry that I came to Singapore and scared your children. But I may not be able to even get out of bed to see you. I’m sorry that I was a constant embarrassment to you when you were growing up.
As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. You see… when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with one eye. So, I gave you mine…
I was so proud of my son who was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye.