Mother’s Day

Hi there,

Welcome to another edition of Simpler Sundays. This is the third newsletter in the weekly series I started only a few weeks back. If you’d like any of your friends or family to subscribe to this newsletter, you can share this link. That said, let’s begin this week’s newsletter.

Firstly, a Happy Mother’s Day to all. I am a firm believer that a single day will never be enough to celebrate mothers. However, such special occasions do act as prompts. These special days gently nudge us and give us a reason to celebrate mothers whom we often take for granted.

In 2017, when I was first starting out in the world of blogs, I wrote an article on how we forget our ideals of gender equality when it comes to our mothers. We proudly boast of sharing equal responsibilities with our spouses but when it comes to mothers, we rarely do the same. We see them single-handedly taking care of the entire house without ever seeing a problem in that.

It happens because we’ve been conditioned like this. We have grown up watching them taking care of the entire family and have normalized this.

It has also led to a sense of entitlement among us. We often get annoyed when she doesn’t cook our favorite meal. We start complaining when she doesn’t clean our room or do our laundry. Such things are so common but we never see any problem with it.

So, on this Mother’s Day, let’s show them some love and appreciation they deserve. Let’s show them how valuable they are and how much we are grateful for having them in our lives.

And the point is, you don’t need to bombard her with tons of ‘I Love You’s’ or upload her photographs on social media. You can still show her love by doing simpler things.

There are so many ways of showing your love. Spend some time with her talking. Help her with the dishes. Cook a meal for her. Play board games with her. Tell her about your friends, your colleagues. Make a small card for her.

This is her day. Let her feel cherished today.

During this Mother’s Day, my brother and I are at home due to the current lockdown. And our mother is happy with only the fact that she’s with both her children.

It sometimes amazes me. How can she be happy with such a seemingly insignificant thing? But I suppose, I got to learn a lot about love.

That said, today my brother and I are planning to cook dinner for her. It is our little way of saying thank you to her.

What are you doing for your mother today? Let me know by replying to this email. I would love to hear from you.

The Good Word

As you might know, the ‘Good Word’ is a series showcasing my favorite quotes/phrases from other writers. So here’s this week’s Good Word.

“I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference.”

– Ellen Goodman

VyasSpeaks Featured Post

This week I have two featured posts instead of the usual one. The only reason for it is that both these posts talk about mothers and I didn’t want to exclude any of these.

The first one is an article written by me in 2017 on the occasion of Mother’s Day. The beauty of this blog post is that it still stands relevant.

The second featured post is a guest post by a very special person I often call my ‘Adopted Mother’. She’s a close confidante and a mentor of mine. In her guest post, Dharmishta Koul shares a beautiful observation about her mother.

I hope you enjoy both these posts. Read the articles by clicking the links below.

A different perspective on gender equality

Just a lipstick. Just a lipstick?

That’s all for this week. I’ll see you next Sunday.

Stay safe and take care.

With love,
Shikhil Vyas

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