My heart overflows with gratitude towards Yuki for allowing me the privilege of being her mother. And to my own mother, who gifted me with life, nurtured me, educated me, and taught me how to live selflessly, with empathy and consideration, despite her own limited education. It is through her example that I have become the hardworking person I am today.
When I was just eight years old, after a heated fight between my parents, my mother attempted to take her own life by drinking pesticide. She asked me to go play outside and, once I left, shut the door and consumed the poison. Fortuitously, my aunt stumbled upon her and quickly intervened, saving my mother’s life. I was bewildered and wept uncontrollably as I surveyed her foaming mouth.
Yet, in the face of this dark and traumatic experience, my mother remained steadfast in her promise to raise me and guide me into adulthood, even if she may have faltered in the past. With her unshakeable love and care, I was able to pursue my education and secure a job. And now, I have immigrated to America, having an entirely new chapter of my life that my mother would have loved to see.
But the truth is, I long for her presence more than anything. To have her by my side, to watch me grow and thrive, to simply spend more time with her. She may no longer be with me, but her unwavering dedication to our family and her immense love remains a guiding force in my life.
On this Mother’s Day, I honor all mothers and the immeasurable impact they have on our lives. And to my own mother, I declare with all my heart: I love you, I miss you, and I hope one day we can be reunited.