A mother’s love

Her eyes looked at me, tender,
While she braided my hair, long.
Showering me with gifts as colourful as a peacocks feather,
She filled my heart with warmth and a song.

She gave me the best juicy cuts of mango,
while sucking on the hard, bare seed.
She bought me expensive lace,
As she darned holes in her old clothes, indeed!

She yelled at the teacher who punished.
She scorned the friend that ridiculed.
She loved her princess..
with all her heart, not an inch less.

Yes, she sometimes disciplined
And yes, she sometimes tamed
So her princess cried, upset
Forgetting her mama always gave her the best.

Now in a far off land,
grown up with responsibilities of her own
The princess, herself she reprimands
for not appreciating her sweet mama’s love at a time known.

Humbled, the princess sings,
Mama is a queen
strong and evergreen.
She holds us up,
she helps us fly
She makes the summers cool and the winters warm, aye!

A golden love

Image  They say people always come into your life for a reason…to support you through a difficult time, to challenge you to grow, to teach you life’s lessons or to simply walk with you for a little while so you can both grow together. Some people stay forever and some only share moments. And others touch your heart in multifaceted way, changing your life forever with their love, kindness and eternal warmth.

Jolie was one such special soul. Steadfast, dependable, loyal, kind, affectionate and always the ‘listener’. She was wise and gave wonderful advise through her actions. My ten year old Labrador died day before yesterday and it feels like the end of an era. A ‘Jolie’ era. No, not named after Angelina! Jolie, for she was eternally beautiful – inside and out.

We brought her home as a two month old naughty puppy! She was playful and curious and huggable like all pups but like humans she had a mind of her own. Its almost like she could communicate with us and now after ten years I realise that she understood us perfectly and we her. I could talk for hours and she’d listen with her signature furrowed eyebrows expression. She brought happiness into our lives and helped each one of us grow and heal. Unconditional love took on new meaning. If you stepped on her tail, she’d turn around and try to give you a kiss; if you forgot to feed her, she’ll jump around you and give you doggy hugs, if you scolded her before leaving for work, she’d greet you with such excitement and joy at the end of the day. It was transformational. I have had a couple of dogs before her but she had a special soul. She came here to make a difference in our lives. We were all stuck in our different ruts and she brought us together again. 

Even the most loving human being would have left you with an odd bad memory but after ten years with this golden angel I only have heart warming recollections of her antics, her love, her gifts of kindness and patience. She will always be a part of me. 

I love you Jolie, you’ll always be with us. Like Mary Elizabeth once said,

‘Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there. I did not die.’