Mother’s Day Tribute to My Mom

Happy Mother's Day tribute

Not that I need a special day to write a Mother’s Day tribute to Mom. I consider myself extremely fortunate that I had my Mother and Grandmother, two wonderfully wise women who believed in giving and not keeping score.

God could not be everywhere. So he made Mothers” is a quote especially true in my life. I consider it a miracle that I am alive today.

My Mother is my hero. As a single parent, life wasn’t easy. Yet she always showered love and encouragement on me. I was devastated when she was snatched away from our lives on Feb 8, 2010, but she continues to be with us in spirit, inspiring us, watching over us. We cherish the memories and are grateful to have been at the receiving end of her wisdom.

My Mother. My Mother (1945-2010) is with us in spirit. She was generous in life and generous in death. The epitome of Unconditional Love, compassion, generosity. Adored and remembered by all those who knew her.

Dear God, let my Mother be my daughter the next time around.
Because I want to be connected to her forever.

I love you, Mom!

Happy Mother's Day Tribute

My Mother and I in 1994

I am writing a Tribute to Mom in association with on their invitation here.

“When God made Moms, he gave me the best one!”

A Mother’s Day Tribute to Mom

My dearest Mi,

How can I forget how you:

  • always looked at me with love
  • smiled no matter what
  • skipped a meal so i could be healthy
  • taught me to always respect food and never waste it
  • showed me the difference between wants and needs
  • worked three jobs so you could put me through school
  • drew the picture of a cake and candle for me when we couldn’t afford one
  • cut your hair to please me
  • applied henna on my hair so my hands wouldn’t get stained
  • waited with the door open even when you knew I wouldn’t be home for another hour
  • phoned me at work to say there was a two-hour special of my favourite artist on TV
  • convinced me i was always worth it
  • assured me i was enough
  • taught me that no effort ever goes waste
  • supported me through everything even when you didn’t approve
  • encouraged me by always saying “you can do it”
  • built in me the never-say-die spirit
  • always believed in me
  • never came to a conclusion on hearsay before you listened to me
  • filled me with positivity
  • taught me to be tolerant
  • motivated me to stay focused and taught me to never give up
  • always had a warm hug and bright smile for me
  • had a joke for every tense situation
  • made me feel like i was having a feast even when we were broke
  • bought two of everything so my friends felt included – they all remember
  • lovingly taught T and me the joys of cooking from scratch
  • insisted my colleagues at work came home and had dinner because they were away from their families – they still appreciate it
  • bought something from the door-to-door sales girls because you felt sorry for them
  • used the soft blue clips for the baby’s clothes, as if the other clips would hurt them
  • raised me without ever letting me feel the lack of a father
  • made me feel my life was filled with abundance
  • laughed even when you were in pain
  • were a staunch moral support as i fought my personal demons
  • gave me love even when i sulked
  • conspired with my friends to surprise me
  • were ever-ready to help others, even strangers
  • taught me that kindness to the living was more important than rituals to the dead
Mother's Day tribute thanks


Here is a beautiful poem that fits you perfectly

My Mother’s Garden

My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart;
She planted all the good things
that gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream…
fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rains came,
she protected me enough…
but not too much – she knew I’d need
to stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong…
markers for my pathway
to last my whole life long.

I am My Mother’s Garden.
I am her legacy.
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me.

Author Unknown

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As part of my Mother’s Day Tribute, My dearest Mi, I promise to:

  • Pour unconditional love on my family and friends
  • Treat others with respect regardless of age
  • Empathize
  • Respect others’ opinions
  • Apologize when i am wrong and sometimes, even when i am not
  • Make sure i go to bed with a clear conscience
  • Support those in need to the best of my ability
  • Not to hurt anyone knowingly
  • Think before i speak
  • Always use positive words
  • Speak out for injustice
  • Never make anyone feel bad on my account
  • Be the first to forgive
  • See the good in others
  • Be compassionate
  • Let my ego take the last bench
  • Volunteer when i have the ability to improve a situation
  • Maintain my sense of humor
  • See the silver lining in every situation
  • Be grateful for the little things
  • Laugh at myself
  • Be gentle
  • Place my family and friends in the best light
  • Strive to be someone that others remember with a smile
  • Remember that we live in deeds not years

I will hold your words close to my heart:

“Past tense. Present continuous. Future perfect.”



I am so grateful Vidur has you for a Grandmother

I am grateful to be his Mom

Thank you, Mi!


Here is the essence of this song’s truly beautiful lyrics:

We have never seen Him (God)

But there is no need to, because how can His face be different from yours, oh Mom?
You have nurtured Man and God, Mom. Heaven is at your feet as your eyes shower affection on me. What idol can do this?

As long as your hand is raised in blessing, I can never be sad or miserable. As long as you are there to light my darkness, who needs the sun!

No words are adequate to praise you enough. Even God has no way to match (compensate) your love. All I know is that there is no wealth greater than you, oh Mom!


♥ Happy Mother’s Day to you, dear friends ♥

What is the one thing you are proud to share about your Mom?

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  • Reply
    manjulika pramod
    May 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Its so heartful and absolutely awesome….

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    May 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I LOVE that picture of you and your mom. She looks so full of joy!
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    May 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    This is such a heart warming post. I am so sure your mother will be proud of you and will be smiling at your and showering all her love from wherever she is now.

    God bless you and all that’s yours 🙂
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    Tara R.
    May 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This was a lovely tribute to your mother. Happy Mother’s Day from Florida.
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    My Inner Chick
    May 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    •convinced me i was always worth it* loooove! <3

    Happy Mother's Day, dear Vidya.

    We are the women we are because of our mothers, grandmothers, & SISTERS!

    Love you LOTS. Xxx
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    May 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    So beautiful! I *love* when you share about your mother (and grandmother), and I see so clearly how their love lives on in you…I read these words and my prayer is may I be such a mother to my children. Happy Mother’s Day to you!
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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

      I feel very fortunate I grew up with women, and men who respected them, Joy! I know you must be a wonderful Mother because – I just know it!

      Happy Mother’s Day to you – your children are blessed to have you in their life. Hugs!
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    Kaarina Dillabough
    May 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Beautiful. Cheers! Kaarina
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    May 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I am glad you had a great mother. Those memories will continue to sustain and give you confidence. Happy Mother’s Day.
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      Vidya Sury
      May 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      You’re right, Laurie! I am blessed! thanks!

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    G Angela
    May 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Beautiful vidya ! what a lovely tribute, truly very inspiring, great post !

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      Vidya Sury
      May 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you Angela! Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!

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    Fran Sorin
    May 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Vidya – I had tears in my eyes as I read it. Your mother was as blessed to have you as her daughter as you were to have her as your mother. xxoo-Fran
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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Thank you, Fran! I don’t know anyone else like her! Hugs! Happy Mother’s Day to you!
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    May 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    This is such a beautiful post. I love the picture of you with your Mum and the locket. The Locket is truly lovely.

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    Terri Sonoda
    May 12, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Beautiful tribute! Happy Mother’s Day, my dear friend. XOXOs
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    May 13, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Hey Vidya,

    Indeed a lovely post up here with the tribute to your mother 🙂 Really love the formation of your post and it’s almost touching.

    I always seen the love between your mom and you through your words whenever you think of her. I’m not surprised at all here but you always have such lovely things to say.

    Indeed, you are a wonderful mother follower her footsteps. I’m sure she’s really proud of you 🙂

    You have a lovely week ahead Vidya 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thank you so much Mayura! I admire my Mom and love her immensely.

      I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Did you pamper your Mom? Hugs!
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    Cathy Taughinbaugh
    May 13, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Beautiful Vidya. I love your list of ideas and thoughts. What a wonderful tribute to your mother. Take care. Happy Mother’s Day to you!
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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    May 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your mother. It brought tears to my eyes! And your poem is amazing! You are very lucky to have had your mother and grandmother in your life. And I’m sure that you are the same type of mother to Vidur!
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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Loved your Mother’s Day post too, Betsy, and I hope you had a wonderful one! I agree about being lucky to have had my Mom and GrandMom – I try my best to emulate them. 😀 Hugs! Can’t deny I enjoy hearing Vidur say that I am the best Mom!
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    Sebastian Aiden Daniels
    May 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    This was beautiful. I could feel the love for your mom. She sounds like an amazing woman. You were very lucky.

    The greatest thing about my mom is that she would go to the ends of the earth, to the space, to the moon and back to find us if we were lost. She cares that much.

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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Sebastian, she was a wonderful person and her unlimited love and insistence on always recognizing the good in everyone was amazing. And sometimes annoying 🙂 Only as I grew up, I understood better. She taught me not to get caught up with “life is unfair”.

      I love what you said about your Mom. Truly, God couldn’t be everywhere and must be congratulated for finding the right person to represent her.

      Happy Mother’s Day to you!
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    Shilpa Garg
    May 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to your Mom, Vidya!
    You are truly blessed for you got to learn so much from her.
    Belated wishes for Mother’s Day to you 🙂
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    May 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Vidya, I am a day late when it comes to mothers day, but this is a wonderful tribute to mothers. So sorry that you lost your mother a an early age. I was very blessed to have mine for 87 years.

    It is wonderful thinking about the love mothers have for there children and things we learn from them.
    A good mother is a strong foundation for her children.

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.
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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Yes, Debbie. I like how our Mothers define us in so many ways 🙂 Most of all, the selflessness must be remembered and acknowledged. Hugs to you! I am always grateful for your support!
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    Star Traci
    May 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    How blessed you were to have such a great mom but I am sure that she felt equally blessed by you. I know she is at peace knowing that she was so loved.

    All my best,
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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thank you for the lovely words, Traci. I miss her every day – we were very close.

      🙂 All the best for “writing every day in May” – I know what a challenge it can be! 😀 Hugs!
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    Suzie Cheel
    May 14, 2013 at 6:20 am

    This is beautiful Vidya and I love the poem, thaks for sharing you mother with me
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    May 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I became emotional on reading this vidya sury : ( tis applies for all moms !!
    Can any one love us more than them !? I doubt !
    U also r a grt mom
    hav a great day 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

      🙂 Some of us are lucky to have such great relationships with our Moms, Afshan. No greater love.
      Thanks for your lovely comment.

      P.S.: Please do call me “Vidya” 😀
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    May 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Lovely tribute and the resemblance between both is striking

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    May 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Vidya,

    This was a beautiful Mother’s Day tribute to your mum. She sounds like such an amazing lady. The way she always made sure you were happy during hard times is phenomenal.

    A point I would like to share about my own mum is how she always supports me, no matter what. I think she is my strongest supporter in the whole world.

    Thank you.
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    Corinne Rodrigues
    May 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    A wonderful tribute to a brave and loving lady! I’m sure she’s happy you’re making her proud.
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    May 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    lovely Vidya. As a mother I am happy. As a daughter I am recalling my mother though decades have passed away!. Unforgettable sweet bonds.
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    Farida Rizwan
    May 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I always love what you have to say about your mother. She is an amazing woman, and I am so fortunate to know her through you and learn from her the life skills which I need so desperately. Love and hugs

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    Richa Singh
    May 18, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Wow vidya what a lovely post for a mother. It had almost everything the good things she did and the good things you promise to do. My heart got all welled up reading the good things she did. May god bless her soul… lovely reading 🙂

    p.s> loved the please tick box that you smiled today- too sweet 🙂

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    Kajal Kapur
    May 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I guess I may have missed commenting on this post, but I definitely remember reading it thought when it was out!

    Its definitely a fitting tribute to your mom, and I liked every bit!

    Congratulations on your win!
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    Unknown Mami
    June 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Your mother’s smile is like a poem written across her face.
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      Vidya Sury
      June 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Claudya, your comment had me in tears. What a beautiful thing to say.

      This post won in the Parentous contest.

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    Susan Maccarelli
    April 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I just came over from Blogging Betties G+ to read this — what a lovely tribute to your wonderful mom. I love the photo of the two of you.
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      April 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Susan, welcome! How nice of you to visit! 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment! ♥

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