Prays and reads the bible every morning and evening.
Starts every text message with ‘Shalom’.
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.