Even when the whole world doubted me, my mother always knew about the gold mine of potential I had hidden within myself. Thank you mom!
Although today I'm an independent 21st-century woman, it wouldn't have been the case if I did not have my mother guiding me all the way through it. Life is a tough road with hurdles at every corner and having someone who holds you up no matter how many times you fall down is definitely an added bonus. Lucky for me, I found that in my mom. She's been my rock, my support, my everything from the very beginning.
Yes, I was an angsty teenager who never did well at school. Be it making friends or studies, there was always something holding me back. Most of my school days were actually spent at home. I still remember the first time I faked a stomach ache and asked Mrs. Bonjour, my sixth grade teacher, to call up my mother. My mom arrived as fast as she could to rescue her only daughter from the ailing condition, only it wasn't completely true. Of course, she looked right through me in no time. Surprisingly, she didn't bring it up on our way home.
After serving me a steaming bowl of her signature noodles soup she sat beside me and held me in her warm embrace. It was the most comfortable I had felt in a long time. I wanted her to know every little thing that was troubling me especially the fact that I'm socially awkward and had a hard time making friends. However, I couldn't because I, myself didn't know. But now that I think of it, I think my mother knew. She always knew whatever was going on in my troubled mind, but she never forced me to open up.
Being absent-minded during classes took a toll on my scores as well. My dad was so mad at me! If it was up to him he would have kept me grounded all my life, but my mom didn't let that happen. She stood up to him and had my back no matter what. I distinctly remember her saying one thing, "I know you can get good grades. Just believe in yourself." This never made any sense to me when I was younger, or maybe I wasn't listening. Every parent-teacher meet was an excruciating experience for both my mother and myself. She never complained but merely advised me to try my best.
Gradually, I focused all my attention and energy into studying for the exams. And suddenly I was one of the top-performing students. This helped me get into a reputed school that my father always wanted me to attend. Soon, it was time to leave my parents behind and embark on a new journey. After working for a few firms, I was finally able to land my dream job. That year I decided to pay a visit to my folks for Thanksgiving and that day was the defining moment of my life. Surrounded by siblings and relatives my father said, "Who knew you would make something of yourself?" Before I could say anything, my mother said, "I did," with rather a serious expression.
Now, my dad loves throwing shade even when he's complimenting me, so don't get him wrong. Honestly, I didn't really mind it. However, the thing that I couldn't ignore was my mother's response. How could she be sure of me when I didn't? I possibly cannot understand that until I become a mother, I guess. It was at that moment, I realized how her unwavering support has helped me get through every curveball that life has thrown at me. She was a best friend, who I proudly admit helped her 12-year-old make a few friends.
Although I would've happily stayed at home when my dad grounded me, she didn't allow it. Instead, took me to movies, helped me shop most of my clothes, and never shied away from hugging me when I needed it the most. My mother helped me gain the confidence I have today. She patiently waited for me to understand my full potential and never gave up. I'm grateful for everything she ever did for me but mostly for believing in me. Whatever I am today, is all because of her and the most remarkable thing is that she knew it all along.