My Mother

My Mother - student project

1. WHAT MY MOTHER OFTEN DOES

  • Prays and reads the bible every morning and evening.
  • Starts every text message with ‘Shalom’.
  • Never retaliates.
  • Mentors family, friends, acquaintances and strangers.
  • Studies and writes throughout the day. 
  • Constantly checks her blood pressure.
  • Never wears make-up or perfume.

2. EVIDENCE OF HER ACTIONS

  • A pile of maroon, Methodist hymn books are stacked on her sitting room bookshelf.
  • Theology and counselling textbooks are piled high on her bedside table.
  • An unopened pink and white perfume gift set has adorned the back of her dressing table for the past two years.
  • A ubiquitous blood pressure monitor can be found within my mother’s reach throughout the day.
  • She has wrinkle-free, smooth skin at the age of 75.

3. A FEW OF MY MOTHER'S CATCHPHRASES:

  • This explains why I’m shattered,” Mummy says, at least once per day, pointing her blood pressure monitor display screen in my direction.
  • Old methodist hymns often explain her point perfectly “...like the old Methodist hymn, the one that starts…” My mother never leaves a hymn half-sung.
  • Let’s not miss heaven because of…
  •  I wish someone had taught me this when I was younger…”
  • When she is frustrated by unprofessionalism she will often preface a complaint with… “I am the product of three professions: nursing, the military and counselling which all require strict discipline…”

 

4. WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT MY MOTHER

  • She has been nick-named ‘Shalom’.
  •  Referring to my mother, my cousin gave the following testimony at our church service last Sunday: “Everyone needs someone like aunty G in their lives...she advised me to start a mathematics degree course…I passed with a 2:1…it has opened up so many opportunities for me. I thank God that I have someone like her in my life.”
  •  She is a great theologian.
  •  She is a great mentor.
  •  She has allowed him to get away with so much. She should stand up for herself.
  •  She is humble.
  •  Before saying something important at mealtimes, she will carefully straighten up her table mat, cutlery and plate.
  •  Before saying something important at prayer time, she will carefully straighten up her bible, pen and notebook.