The love of a mother

The love of a mother never perishes…

It’s been five years, 11 months since I last saw your face and with each passing day I remember the love we once shared, the times I looked into your face and shared a joke with you. With you time was precious and moments shared were always recreated and re-invented.

You chose me and I chose you back, back in 1987 on the 22nd of February (The month of love).  You gave me life, you natured me into a son, without a man in the house, a father figure to guide me.  You never disappointed but made me a boy amongst others. You  taught me important life lessons that looking back now, I see  and still feel you  right beside me. Your love for me still lingers in everything I touch.

You loved me before you saw me, you took care of me before somebody else could help you look after me. How can I now not honour your legacy.  How can I make you proud?

I know I made you proud  as the first of your  8 children to see the doors of a university,  when I was selected student of the year at High school and read  my poetry at school gatherings.  Now I’m on my way to getting my  university degree and  know I am still making you proud.

Grace Cynthia Mhlanga you are the superhero and will always be the guide in my life. Thank  you for instilling the foundations of listening and understanding with the knowlege that  I was loved by a woman who left me and my siblings too soon. Your love  love and lessons remain to guide us in the present  and into the future!

P.S. This blurry photo of my mom with my siblings is the only one I still have in my album.

My mom was 54 when she died.  She was a domestic helper, she was a very strong willed women, loved church, had 8 kids (2 boys and 6 girls) who she raised in a 4 bed roomed house. She was a  Christian and loved her kids regardless of what we all turned out to be.

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Bheki Khoza-Mabona

Bheki Khoza-Mabona

Bheki Khoza-Mabona, Uj communications student who loves nature and has a passion for writing and composing poetry. Find him on twitter @TheRealBheki

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18 Responses

  1. I relate a lot with this story and my friend everyday I find something I share in common with you and believe you me this is one of them nje… Wow so much love, gratitude and honor to the woman that ensured that you are who you are now that’s something we don’t do everyday… May you continue making mommy proud, her being absent from the body, has not shifted or altered the love and memories you have of her and that’s one thing to be cherished… she’s looking down and saying “aow that’s my Boy, Umfana wami” Wow thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you Son… Warocka

  2. This is a very good sign of life respect of your mother, it clearly shows how you were brought up ad were you are heading to, people change when they loose their mothers, but you kept focus so that your mother could be proud of you in the after life,Continue being a great person.

  3. Precious piece of writing. A heart-felt ode. It’s profoundly resonant with my own life. Thank you for giving back with so much unselfishness. Much love & respect to you, B.

  4. Iam soo speechless *teary eyes* u knw its amazing how when i lost my mother just a few months ago i had thought that God hated me n dat he had given up on us *my siblings* lil did i knw dat therz ppl out ther who r accptin n being strong..thank u soo mch bheki myb i somehw had to read this n pick up with da other pieces of life

  5. What a lovely and touching piece. I also lost my mom 5 years ago and your words brought tears to my eyes. Our Moms are so special! My mom went without so much for her children and then her grandchildren. Good luck with your studies and your future endeavours. Your mom is watching from heaven and must be bursting with pride.

  6. Hi guys, Thanks a lot for sharing my pain and at the same time, my confession of love to the 1-woman I love(d) the most! Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom’s out there. Keep the LOVE alive.

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