Six Months After

“you are beautiful amidst adversaries,

you are resilient amidst tragedies.”

it has been over six months since I last held your hands and kissed you goodnight; it was the longest six months of our lives. others have succumbed to the tragedy, a tragedy no man would ever wish to go through. a tragedy I never even thought I’d witnessed in this lifetime.

the world stopped.

in a snap of a finger and a blink of an eye, everything changed.

but you my dear never changed. you remained humble, resilient, and loving.

you never complained when everyone was complaining. you never rant when everyone was mad. you never questioned when everyone was in doubt.

you remained calm, even in chaos. you remained brave in the presence of fear.

you smiled when everyone else wasn’t.

you were grateful even when the whole world thought there is nothing to be thankful about.

you have kept your composure, your faith and, your cheerfulness.

my child, you possess an everlasting beauty – not even time nor old age can take away.

six months after, here we are my child with tears in our eyes and smiles on our faces – back in each other’s arms.

you are now back in my loving arms. your safest place. your greatest comfort.

for Kate and Eugi’s Weekley Challenge

I will also link this post to Sadje’s Weekly Challenge https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/category/what-do-you-see/

We know that Baby pandas are amazingly small. Each cub weighs only about 3 Β½ ounces (100 grams) at birth. And because of that, a panda mother must carry her baby around very gently and take care of it until it is big enough to move around on its own. Pandas are known for being very careful and protective mothers. I suppose with such tiny babies, they have to be! Just like a panda mom, I too was very protective of my children. I resigned from my job and took care of them full time. And for the longest time, I was always by their side. I was on a constant guard of them; on everything and anything – until pandemic happens. We were separated for a long while and yes, I was devastated and worried at first. Devastated, because I never thought, something terrible as the pandemic could happen and separate us. Worried, because I was never away from them for so long. But lo, and behold! I must have done something great for raising my children. I never thought they could actually live independently on their own ( without complaints). I never imagined they’d be able to feed themselves on their own ( without me having to prepare their meals. And I also never imagined they remain calm and joyful and optimistic (amidst the distance). The pandemic has made me the proudest mother that I am today. I raised mentally and emotionally stable daughters. They are generally happy children and they chose to remain the same.

Now, I am just like a panda mom. My then kids were like newborn pandas who cry for milk now and then in between feedings, a panda mother will rarely put her baby down. When sitting, the mother holds the tiny creature in her paw. When she is on the move, she carries the baby gently in her mouth. I was like that. But now with the pandemic, I realized my daughters have grown up just like panda cubs; the moment they learn to walk on their own panda mom, allows them to freely explore the world around them. 

My children are now ready to explore the world freely on their own. 

46 Comments

  1. The first piece touched my heart beyond words Mich πŸ’œ.
    Full marks to you for instilling your children with the courage and temperament to be independent on their own. Kudos for being an amazing mom ❀️

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  2. yea I feel the joy and peace of your reunion Mich!

    Acknowledging that they are self-sufficient is huge … they were always going to cope because you made them strong and resilient πŸ™‚ So very glad you are reunited and now you have the confidence that they will thrive whatever they do, wherever they are … Congrats to all of you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much kate… i am very happy and very very proud. And that is why i wrote about this when i saw your prompt on beauty. Staying true to who you are and what you are despite of all the adversaries is what makes you beautiful.

      And thank you too for always keeping usin your thoughts

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  3. I am so moved by this delightful poem Mich. it’s a lovely tribute to your motherhood and to your daughters. Thanks for linking it to this week’s image.

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    1. Thank you too Sadje. I was always told to be like a panda mom..overprotective of their offsprings. And now looking back, the love and protection i gave them made them the confident young adults that they are today.

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      1. That’s so true, protecting your children from harm and danger while they are kids gives them the confidence to go forth in the world when they are older.

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  4. Mich, the poem and your comments are beautiful and heartfelt. My heart lifted with yours as you spoke of being reunited πŸ‘πŸ’œ Outstanding writing as always.

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  5. I’m sitting here crying. πŸ™‚ This is SO beautiful, SweetMich!!! And I’m not surprised that YOUR daughters are all of those positives and more…because they have YOU for a Mom!!! You have loved them well, guided them well, taught them well (by example and with words), ETC!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    You should be proud of them!
    And I am proud of you!

    That was way too long to be parted…but, I know the reunion was sweet. πŸ™‚

    Sometimes if we let it…those times apart help us to be more appreciative and grateful. πŸ™‚

    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…because my adult kids (and their kids) live far from us because of their careers, we don’t see them but a few times a year. So far I have not seen any of them since Christmas 2019. And with Covid-19, etc., it will probably be sometime in 2021 before I see them again. 😦
    But, thank gosh for all the ways we can communicate these days on the phone, on computer, etc!!! YAY!!! πŸ™‚ I am so grateful for the daily connections we have with each other!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. thank you so much Carolyn for sharing your beautiful thoughts here.. and yes you are right the times apart definitely help us appreciate more and be more thankful of all that we have.

      i have heard and read stories of “breakdowns” and ” mental struggles” during the pandemic especially among the young ones, as they are the ones used to having to go out all the time and have this very active social life. that was my initial feat with my girls, but thankfully, they managed to keep their sanity intact and i think the most important lesson I’ve learned is the fact that they were each others bestfriends- that even though they have friends outside the family, they are better off together as sisters more than anyone else.. they enjoy their time together … they never run out of stories and things to do together.

      and thank goodness really for the technology today, we get to communicate our loved ones anytime anywhere.

      i hope pandemic ease down soon too so your kids and grand children can visit you soon also.

      thank you Carolyn for keeping me in your thoughts always.

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  6. As mothers or parents; when our children are not with us, when we have had to let them explore on their own – it is a joy when they return to us of their own free will and thank us. Not all times were smooth, or made fantastic memories. But the goodness we did gift them – when we see them act with bravery, willingness to share and gift joy – that is our legacy.

    I am glad that you have been able to reunite! πŸ˜€

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