Have you heard of the story of the Mother with One Eye?
If you haven’t, read on…
Joe’s mother had only one eye. When Joe was growing up, he hated her for it. He hated the uninvited attention it got him at school. He hated how the other children stared at her and looked away in pure disgust. Joe’s mother worked two jobs to provide for the family, but he was just embarrassed by her and didn’t want to be seen with her.
Every time Joe’s mother came to visit him at school, he wanted her to disappear. He felt a surge of hatred towards the woman who made him the laughing stock of the school. In a moment of extreme anger, he even once told his mother he wanted her to die. He was completely unconcerned about her feelings.
As Joe grew up, he did whatever was in his power to distance himself from his mother. He studied hard and got a job overseas so he wouldn’t have to meet her. He got married and started a family of his own. He got busy with his job and family and with providing a comfortable life for his beloved children. He didn’t even think about his mother anymore.
Out of the blue, Joe’s mother came to visit one day. Her one-eyed face scared his young children and they started crying. Joe was angry at his mother for showing up unannounced and he forbid her to ever return to his home and new family life. Joe yelled and screamed, but his mother quietly apologized and left without saying another word.
An invitation to a high school reunion took Joe back to his hometown after decades. He could not resist driving past his childhood home and stopping by the old shack. His neighbors told him his mother had passed away and left a letter for him.
“My dear child:
I must first start by apologizing for visiting your home uninvited and scaring your adorable children. I am also deeply sorry that I was such an embarrassment and source of humiliation to you when you were young.
I have learned that you may be coming back to town for your reunion. I may not be there any more when you come, and I think it is time to tell you an incident that happened when you were a young boy. You see, my dear, you were involved in an accident and lost one eye. I was completely broken at the thought of my beloved child growing up with only one eye. I wanted you to see the beautiful world in all its glory, so… I gave you my eye.
My dear, I always have and always will love you from the bottom of my heart. I have never regretted my decision to give you my eye, and I am at peace that I was able to give you the ability to enjoy a complete life.
Your loving mother.”
How many of us have succumbed to the laziness of always taking our loved ones for granted?
How many of us have always failed to appreciated the very people who brought us to where we are today?
How many of us have forgotten to… say thank you?
Friends, the story above is a sad and tear-jerking one. But it is precisely because it is so powerful that I wanted to share it with you.
Let’s show our appreciation to our loved ones in every way possible.
Think of buying a gift back to our family? Do it now.
Think of booking that holiday for the kids? Do it now.
Think of cooking up a nice meal to celebrate the husband’s / wife’s birthday? Do it now.
Time waits for no man… let’s all DO what we have to, NOW 🙂
Sent with love,