Pinay Mothers Speak on Special Day | Pinay.com
Our mothers, nanays, play very important roles in our lives. They bring us warmth and comfort and take care of our needs. They are as we say ilaw nang tahanan or light of our home.
At times, Pinay mothers have to sacrifice their own happiness and leave their families behind to work in a different countries just so they can provide for their children.
The OFWs or the Overseas Filipino Workers are among those that give every last bit for their children’s welfare. Thus the saying, Ang Ina, isusubo na nga lang, ibibigay pa sa anak. Loosely translated it means: A mother will sacrifice her own food and will give every bite for her children’s own survival.
This Mother’s Day, Pinay.com wants to honor all mothers and share the voices of three mothers who are away from their family on this special occasion.
SANDY MEDINA (CAMBRIDGE, CANADA)
It is not easy to leave your two young children and work in another country. I said a lot of prayers asking God if I was making the right decision.
On September 2007 I received a working visa as a caregiver in Ontario Canada. In my prayers I asked God’s guidance to bring me to a place where I can have a brighter future for me and for my two young children. Canada was the answer. By completing a 24-month contract and consistently working as a live-in caregiver I can be an immigrant.
I missed a lot of milestones in my daughter’s life—birthdays, school events, graduations and holidays. Every milestone missed, I cried. Oh, how I wish they were here with me! It was very lonely.
Prior to Mother’s Day, I always get a card on the mail from my daughters. In the card, I always get a greeting saying that they love me and they know that one day we will be all together. I usually cry and hold that card close to my heart.
GINA TOLENTINO (SCARBOROUGH, CANADA)
I cannot call it sacrifices. You will do everything in order to give your children a bright future because you love them and it is the only right thing to do for a mother.
For five years now, I have been celebrating Mother’s Day alone and away from my dear children. On Mother’s Day, my heart bleeds of loneliness—and all of a sudden I start crying. Despite these challenges I face I have no choice but to stand up and be strong. Even when I am sick or not feeling well I need to force myself to work for the love of my children.
I am very grateful with new technology. Now it is easy for me to communicate to them. When we talk I give them motherly advice on everything about life. I tell them this is all temporary. We will all be together again.
FELINA IMPERIAL (RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA)
I am from Legaspi, Bicol. I am a nurse by profession. I am married to a local government worker. I work abroad so I can save enough money and send my three kids to a prestigious school and give my family a comfortable life.
It is challenging for a woman to work in a strange country that adheres to strict religious beliefs. I fight many nights alone in a room, facing the wall and battling homesickness.
Holidays are hard, especially on Mother’s Day. I always call my family and talk to my kids and my mother, who is their caretaker. I tell my kids to do their best in school and always thank my mother for all her sacrifices.
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