Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Very Special Mother

Last month when we went to check what is new in Mac and PC at the computer place in Palisades Shopping Center, a very nice salesgirl came up to ask us if we needed any help. My husband and me were just browsing so we let her know that. Then we just started having a loose talk with her, as she was very pleasant. She was studying nursing and was working to get some spending money. She said that her parents are from Haiti and they worked really hard to give her a good life and good education so the least she can do is not ask them for spending money. Then both my husband and me said at the same time that we hope there was no one from her family that got hurt in the disaster. To our dismay she said that a couple of her distant relatives lost their loved ones and that is what gave her the desire to be a nurse. She also said that being a nurse will actually give her the capacity to work with people who get hurt. She would not be satisfied just by sending money. She said that a lot of people in Rockland County, New York lost their loved ones in Haiti. Then she asked us if we have time to listen to how special a young mother was. We said that we did and she told us how the roofs and walls and doors were falling everywhere even as people were trying to come out of their houses. Sometimes the door would just get blocked by fallen debris and people would just get entrapped. So when a door collapsed and closed up the way out of a building a mother just hugged her five year old and doubled up her body over him. When the roof started falling she was the one to get a big heavy beam on her head and started bleeding. Later on when the rescue teams came, they found the little boy under his dead mother. He was alive. Hurt but alive.


Belle said...

She was indeed a special mother. You certainly met a lovely young woman at the store.

Hope said...

touching write, Munir. What a wonderful young woman you met.

I wrote a piece on motherhood on my other blog in case you are interested in reading

take care!

Footprints of Peace said...

Mother's are amazing!

Michael Offutt said...

There's nothing like the bond between a mother and her offspring. Thanks for sharing this lovely story. Oy...what a tragedy that earthquake was.

Vanilla Mama said...

A mother's love is amazing - lovely story. Thanks for taking the time to talk to her.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Munir .. that's a mother's love - thank you for sharing with us - as it brings home the reality of natural disasters, or war, that we forget about or don't realise or think about.

Thanks - a chilling reminder of the horrors .. and that child has to grow with that knowledge .. humbling ... Hilary

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Hi Munir,
Sorry I am just catching up with posts. After the A-Z I slowed down for a while--I was really exhausted.

This is such a heartfelt post. How beautiful to hear that the young woman wants to be a nurse to help people that are hurt. She wants to do something for others. That IS inspiring!

The story about the mother who gave her life for her boy gave me goosebumps, but as Hilary said, that's a mother's love.

Munir, thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your kind comment.

Have a blessed Sunday.