Mama: Forever Be Loved

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Friday, March 27, 2015

ONE thing that became clear to me is that the image of a divine mother. A mother whose beauty transcends her appearance and the values she believed in; her capability to sacrifice for her children’s sake and being so strong even as if all the world’s against her modest desires. This is the image of my mother whom I appreciate the most.

Going down memory lane, I didn’t have a perfect childhood, and neither did my family. I have only a few moments with my father since he is a seaman we seldom see him in a year. My mother is the one who is always with me and my siblings; she took care of us and provided us with the things we need. When my mother and father separated it was when our world turned drastically around. My father left us with no support. Amid that very tough time, my mama chose to be strong for us; she held us in her loving arms and bravely accepted the challenge of rearing us as a single mother. 

As a young child then, I cannot fully comprehend how my mama dealt with everything that has happened to us. I know it was hard and afflictive for us but mama showed us that there’s no way for us to give up in life, hence she taught us some significant life lessons as we endure daily challenges. 



Mama and I go out for a night walk; sometimes we wander around downtown to buy something at the convenience store or just some items sold along street sides. One time, we saw a meager old woman who lives on her own in a street corner with her scanty things, she sells some vegetables and lemons and every time we pass by her area Mama buys her goods, every time she did that I noticed that my mama buys her goods not because we badly needed those but with the aim to help that old woman in her deplorable living condition. 

Like those moments, I will never forget how mama exemplified the value of kindness and concern for others. Even with our neighbors and her friends she shares what she could. She tells us that being kind is one of the best ways of building a good relationship with other people. 


Young as I am, I have big dreams for my mama and siblings. Whenever I and my sisters as well share our plans and ambitions in the future on our random conversations we just let the stream of ideas flow and enjoy imagining everything and making it all happen on our minds. Then we end up with determined hearts that someday we will achieve all our dreams as we let the good times roll. 
It’s a fun time to talk serious matters though. And as mama hears our hearts out, she beams with hope and reminds us that whatever success we attain in life and wherever our ambitions take us we must keep in mind that we should be humble; have that sense of gratitude to those people who helped us along our way and never forget to stay grounded. 


I was a sickly child before; mama even recalled when I was in a critical state due to pneumonia in my early age. My sisters as well have been ailing when they were young. With this, my mother is very careful and meticulous about the food that we eat, the vitamins we take and even the clothes we wear. She ensured that as we grow we are good and sound holistically. 

Now that I am a yuppie and my sisters are all grown-up ladies, our mother continues to make everything go well. She attends to our needs even on those petty concerns; the solution is in her hands. Whenever problems come our way we are reminded by how mama dealt with the problems she encountered in her life and on how strong she faced it all. She wants for us now to be stronger in faith and in conquering life’s trials. 


Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us on our journeys even when they are no longer with us.

To our ever-lovely Mama Ging-Ging, Happy 50th Birthday! We will ever be grateful for everything you did for us. For being our valiant rock and fortress, our hearts remain in you. You will always be remembered. ‘Til we meet again! We Love You Forever Mama! 

Loving you always, Ken Lloyd, Kimberly and Krystel F. Briones

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 27, 2015.


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