The person who invented the saying “Nothing lasts like a mother’s love” was without doubt thoughtful and right, because I have equally found this to be true.
Tom was a difficult kid who kept his parents up all night worrying. His stubbornness was not only confined at home but followed him wherever he went. He got involved in countless conflicts (verbal or physical) with anyone who cared – even those who didn’t care.
He did so many things; this and that, but it was all in line with crime, nothing he did, ever fell in the bracket of “right”.
At school, he was not a stranger to breaking school rules and regulations so he wasn’t a stranger to frequent punishments as well: jumping over the school fence to attend night discos, stigmatizing other students, fighting or insulting teachers so on and so forth. He was caned and suspended several times, but all this had little impact on changing him for the good.
It was discovered that he was using and dealing in drugs at school, and so he was expelled this time. He changed schools like clothes from that time on wards, as long as his trouble-some character hadn’t changed.
One time, he was locked up in jail for tricking and robbing an old lady of a huge amount of money, he was released on the second week after his parents paid a big fine.
His father subjected him to heavy punishments expecting that he would reform as a result, but all in vain. He was taken for counseling and rehabilitation, but no positive results were visible. His father lost patience and slowly started giving up on him. In short, he became a nuisance to society.
However, as everybody was cursing, condemning, judging and giving up on Tom, his mother didn’t: she stood by him, understood him; silently advised and prayed for him. She defended Tom before his strict father even when he was clearly on the wrong, just to spare him his wrath.
Not that she pardoned her son’s mischief, but because the motherly instinct in her couldn’t let her join others in treating her son the way they did.
That aside, common qualities I noticed between Tom’s mother and all other mothers around the world are: the ever fresh affection, tolerance, patience and understanding towards their children whether in the wrong or right.
The fact that they stand by their offspring in pain, suffering, poverty and uncertainty - which very few living species can do – makes mothers heroes. Nothing can break the durability of a mother’s affection. Long live mothers!