I have been a part of the Decade blog hop that was organised by Manas and Rashi and without even knowing the theme initially I signed up for the next. I was so happy when the theme was announced “The woman That I Am” as a tribute to all the amazing women in the world. I would like to take this opportunity to write a tribute to the most amazing woman in my life who has till date never given up and it is her never give up attitude that keeps me going even in the darkest hour. During my low time I always remind myself “I am her daughter” if she is so strong how can I be weak. Yes!! I would like to take this opportunity to write a few words for my mother whom I can never thank enough.
My mother has been my rock since I have gained the ability to understand the world. It is said a girl understands the value of her mother after she gets married. The same happened with me. I was a rebel kid and I troubled my mom a lot (still do I feel) but my mom has been my best friend from the beginning I could talk to her about anything and everything and never feel judged she was not the typical woman waiting to teach her daughter house chores and lecturing her on her life after marriage. In fact whenever my relatives would point out that being a girl I am supposed to learn certain categories of house chores like cooking, cleaning etc etc she would calmly answer my daughter will do as she chooses and not as it is pre determined by the society. She was the first one to realize my passion for cooking. My father has been a very practical man and his goal had always been to educate me and that I should be independent and could not understand my passion for cooking. My mother would hide from my father and pay my fees for classes towards pursuing my passion in baking. My mother was, is and will always be my first teacher in learning all the important lessons of life.
I still remember when I started dating my husband in 2006 I had just started my law school and he his engineering. My mother was the first one to understand what is going on and from day one she has been my absolute support. Today if I am with my husband it is absolutely because of her support. She has gone through so many health issues in the past but she never let me realise her pain and suffering and always has a pretty smile on her face. This smile has helped me remember what a woman I am. I am a part of her and that makes me feel so strong when I am going through any tough time. Even today she is my best friend, my gossip go to person and my co-conspirator. My day starts with talking to her and ends with a good night message from her.
” Ma” I am taking this opportunity to say how much I love you and I am the woman that I am today all because of you.
“She is an optimist, an epitome of love, full of courage and hope,
Her smile gives me courage and she stands my me as my rock,
She cooks the simplest meals but made with all her love,
She laughs at my silly jokes and reprimands me when I am wrong,
She is my best friend and holds my hand while I still learn to walk,
She looked after me while I was ill looking after me day and night,
She never let it show that she herself was in pain,
I think of your smile when I cry, it gives me courage,
I think of your sacrifices when I feel like giving up on myself,
I can never really have enough words to thank you,
You taught me how to love, laugh and be the woman I am,
Ma you are my strength and I can never be complete without you.”
I am a lawyer by profession but love to cook. Being a foodie myself I keep trying variations with my recipes. My blog is all about my experiments and experience with food. You can follow me on instagram, twitter and facebook all having handles alawyerskitchen. I am also on the food reviewer panel with GoToChef, which is the perfect platform to check out reviews on various food products and also find recipes using the same. You can also find me on blogchatter https://www.theblogchatter.com/user/shailparekhthosani
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