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WRITE TEAM: An homage to my mother

Dr. Kristin Heredia
Dr. Kristin Heredia

As a teenager I recall the famous words, “You won’t realize how much I love you until you have children of your own” rolling out of my mother’s mouth. Looking back, she was right. 
 
Not just about that adage but about pretty much everything. Now that I have children of my own I completely understand. I could write pages about all the things my mother has taught me over the course of my life, but I want to focus on a few things that have proven to be invaluable and hopefully will resonate with some of my readers. 

First, be thankful and say it often. Being thankful for all the good things in your life will drown out the negative. A simple “thank you” can move mountains. It can change perspectives, promote respect, and stimulate continuous acts of kindness. Second, forgiveness is essential. My mother’s ability of forgiveness is something I do not think I will ever possess. Although she may never forget an incident, she has shown that forgiveness is key to self-preservation. Next, she taught me to never settle for anything. 
 
Life is full of adventure and we need to seize every opportunity presented to us and seek out what our hearts desire. Throughout my mother’s life, she did not settle and she battled through periods of adversity to give my siblings and I a great life. My mother taught me to respect my elders and the roles they play in my life, good and bad, for they all have a lesson to teach me. Good mothers, like my own, make life lessons out of difficult situations and they teach their children right from wrong. They help them learn from their mistakes opposed to fighting the authority that is there to keep them safe. Lastly, she taught me the importance of independence and how important it is to be able to stand on your own two feet. This particular lesson I believe I have taken to levels that have even surprised her. She has always complimented me about how strong of a person I am and what she doesn’t realize is that it is all because of her. I will be forever in her debt for such prudent life-lessons that I will be able to pass on to my children.

If you are fortunate enough to have your mother in your life, make time to spend with her, tell her thank you for all she has done for you and forgive her for the mistakes she may have made, because we know every decision made was out of love. Tell her how much you appreciate her while you can, as some people would exchange days of life to speak to their mother just one last time. It is not often that I verbalize how much I love and appreciate my mother. It is not often that she and I carve out time to spend together. But one thing is true. I owe who I am today to her. 
 
Thank you, Mom. I love you very much.
 
DR. KRISTIN HEREDIA lives in Ottawa and is loving everything life has to offer.

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