I never got to do a happy mother’s day post this year, so I am using this opportunity to say happy birthday to my beautiful mother and yea happy mother’s Day to all mothers. Mothers are meant to be celebrated everyday not only on one particular day set aside for such event. If your mother is still alive then you are lucky to still have her with you and if she has gone to the great beyond, then you are still lucky for the period of time she spent with you. Enough said let’s go into the post of the day so I can go and eat my rice and chicken specially prepared by my Iya which translates to mother in English. I will be doing a mixture of English and Nigerian languages in this post and I will try to the best of my ability to translate it. Now to the post:
E bami kira fun mama mi. Orisa bi iya o ko si laiye. She is just simply the best. The same way I wonder how God manages with me, is the way I wonder how she deals with me and three other siblings, how she managed to go through the pain of childbirth not once but three times. Ah Iya God will bless you for me. I remember when I was growing up there was song we used to sing in primary school and it goes this way:
“Iya ni wura iye bÍye “A mother is like precious gold
Tí a kò le fowórà Priceless beyond compare
Ó loyun mi fósùn mésàn She carried me in her belly for nine months
Ó pon mi fodún metà And bore me on her back for three years
Iya ni wura iye bÍye A mother! Yes she is like precious gold
Tí a kò le fowórà.” Truly priceless beyond compare.”
Mothers are really priceless jewels and their worth is really beyond measurement. I copied this acronym from somewhere and it says a lot about mothers.
“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER;”
A word that means the world to me.
I know we often do not see eye to eyes on a couple of issues but still you are the best there ever was and ever will be. Your prayers have been my strength. I remember when I was in school, once it was exams period I would just call my mother to pray for me. I remember also when I was just a fresher in school, I came back home from my school (which happens to be in the east) very late and my mum was up throughout the night crying out her eyes and waiting up for me, it seemed very funny then but looking back now it was just love that propelled her. Iya mi if I have not told you how much I love you, I am saying it now I love you so much. I love you for all you have been to me, for all the sleepless nights spent nursing me to good health (I sure did fall sick a lot of times), for all your prayers and words of advice, for teaching me about God and yes for just being you. Seriously if there was ever another world again, I would still choose you for my mother, that’s how special you are to me.
Today marks another milestone in your life as you add another year to your age, I know you are waiting for your children to get married and give you grand children and very soon God-willing you will get your heart desires. I thank God for your life. I thank God that you are my mother and this is my prayer for you today: “mummy o o o wa pe laye, mummy o o o wa jeun omo”. I just remembered this song in Igbo and it goes this way:
“I ma na onwa ite nani o “Do you know that it was nine months
Ka nne’m buru’m na afo That my mother carried me in her womb
Nne’m tala afufu n’uwa My mother suffered a lot in this world
We eburu Ezigbo nne’m To be my good mother
Obu gini ka’m ga-eji What is it that I will give
We kene nne mulu’m oma? To thank my good mother?
Obu ego? Is it money?
Obu akwa? Is it cloth?
Obu gini nu zuru? What will be enough?
A ga’m ayo nu onye kelu’m o I will beg the one who created me
Biko gozie nu’m nne’m Please bless my mother for me
Chukwu biko gozie, Ochie Dike, mama God please bless, the strong one, my mum
Nna gozie nne’m Father bless my mother
Ochie Dike nne’m” Strong one, my mother.”
Nnem for all you have done for me may the Lord bless you and take care of you; May the Lord be kind and gracious to you; May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace. May He grant you all your heart desires, this special day and always.Iya mi let me recite this poem by Crystal Adams for you, it says what’s in my heart:
The one who brought me down to earth, And held me everyday.
The one who gracefully gave me birth, And said, I love you in every way.
The one who taught me everything, Like how to crawl and walk.
The one who taught me how to sing, After learning how to talk.
The one who told me, stay in school, And always play nice.
The one who told me, keep it cool, And gave me good advice.
The one who taught me how to read, And how to do my math.
The one who taught me how to bead, And told me to take a bath.
The one who lectured, “School before men” And to love one another.
Believe me that this woman, Can be no one but my Mother!
To my mother who raised me and was there when I needed her.
I love you!
Happy birthday sweetest mom. I love you!!!
I will be posting two more poems I got from two wonderful poets during the week to celebrate my mum’s birthday. Yes happy mother’s day to my mum and all other mothers especially intending ones like myself.
“E bami kira fun mama mi. Orisa bi iya o ko si laiye “
“Help me hail my mother, there is no goddess like my mum on earth.”
“mummy o o o wa pe laye, mummy o o o wa jeun omo”
“Mummy you will live long, you will reap the fruits of your labor.