Albert Opoku

Life Lessons: 40 – Say “I love you” to Your Mother

Life Lessons: 40 – Say “I love you” to Your Mother

mother7th August 2009 was one of the saddest days of my life; it was the day my mother died. My mum was the pillar of our family, the backbone, the foundation, and the glue that held our family together. She was a magnificent woman who had sacrificed her all to ensure we lacked none of the basic needs of life.

I deeply loved my mother and she meant the world to me; I knew her immense love for me, and yet each day as I remember her my head drops. As I write this piece, my hands quiver because I never for once told my mum “I love you”. I feel so ashamed of myself and still cannot find the reason why I never said it. As I look back to all the sacrifices she made for me, my eyes are filled with tears that I never looked into her eyes and said those three words.

Although she never asked nor doubted my love for her, I know for sure that it would have brought her great joy if I had uttered those words. There were times I came close to saying it, but yet those three words were kept bottled in me and now that I wish to release them, my mum is no longer alive.

This is one of my biggest regrets, and one that I will continue to moan over for the rest of my life. If your mother or your father is still alive and you love him or her very much and you have not mentioned these three golden words to him or her as yet, please do; I beg you to. I do not want you to go through the rest of your life regretting it.

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