“She re­fused to let my sad­ness swal­low me whole”

Herworld (Singapore) - - FEATURE -

“You are my sand­pa­per – a tough-love kind of mum who shaped me into a bet­ter per­son. You don’t bother with sweet talk. You show me that you care by scream­ing at me to en­sure I have my juice, milk and eggs, as well as call­ing me lO times to ask if I want to have tea.

Thank you for al­ways pulling me out of deep wells that I fell into – like when I was go­ing through my di­vorce. I was so ‘emo’, but you would scream at me to make sure I ate my meals. And you would talk and talk so I would not sink back into my de­pressed state. You even took care of my daugh­ter so I could go back to work. You told me this was a learn­ing jour­ney, and that I needed to get up and move on. At that time, I felt you were be­ing in­sen­si­tive, but look­ing back now, I re­alise what you were try­ing to do. If you had let me wal­low, I would have drowned in my sor­row and never found a way out.” – Sha Shamsi, 47

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