A Letter to my first and the best Teacher – My Mother

A Letter to my first and the best Teacher – My Mother

To My Lifelong Teacher,

I don’t know why but whenever I have sat down to write something about you, I have always found myself short of words. There is so much to say and I am never able to write anything. As if, whatever I will write will never justify what you have done and keep doing for me. Well, this time on occasion of Teacher’s Day, let me just make an attempt to express my gratitude to you for whatever you have done for me.

The basic skills that I learnt in my childhood of course, are from you, but it’s not solely about that. What you have taught me is much more than that. Learnings from you have been my “Lessons for Life”. I carry them with me in every walk of my life. Till date, whenever I am in a situation which I cannot handle on my own (and which is pretty frequent), the only teacher / mentor / guide to reach for help and guidance is you.

The way you have showered unconditional love not only on me and my brother, but even on your siblings and extended family members have taught me to care for others without any selfish motive.  You always took utmost care of every guest who came to our place and that has taught me my life lesson of ‘Loving and Caring for others’. Today when I am appreciated for taking care of my kids as well as my new family members, I thank you from bottom of my heart for instilling these qualities of “Love and Care” in me.

Mumma, I know your education was interrupted early on, as in your days, not many girls had a privilege of attending a college. But that was the main reason for you to see to it that your daughter achieves whatever she wants in life. You broke the stereotypes of getting a girl married early on and supported my higher education. You encouraged me to move out of my comfort zone and explore this World. Whatever I have achieved today is because of you and Papa and I can’t thank you both enough for that. Your this quality has taught me that how a good mentor may not come in forefront but always teaches his disciple and ensures the best for him/her.

Your enthusiasm and energy– I don’t know from where you get this Mumma. I really look upto you for these quality of yours. We are blessed to have all kinds of house helps to assist us in our daily chores, but we still tend to get tired taking care of two kids. I really wonder from where you used to get energy to do all the household chores and still manage to teach us and take care of us all at the same time. Today, at the age were you have grandchildren, I still see you with all the energy to make delicious yummy food for all of us at a small demand from our end and still playing with your grandchildren and stealing their hearts.

Your positivity and smile are the best lessons for my life. There have been tough times and there have been sad times. But you have sailed through all. You have Faith in Almighty and a positive attitude towards life. Your smile never fails to leave your face maa. These qualities of yours are my inspiration. Though I am not as patient as you, but I still try to follow your footsteps and whenever in tough times, I think about you and try to stay positive.

Mumma, now that I am a mother myself, I know how much I have taken from you and have been passing to the next generation. I have been so lucky to have a great teacher and a wonderful mother like you. You are the backbone and strength of our family. My only wish on this day is that you stay there with me as my teacher, as my mentor and as my mother always to guide me and support me in every walk of life. I really don’t know how to live without talking to you, without taking guidance from you. Love you to the moon and back mummy.

Happy Teacher’s Day maa.


Your daughter and your student for life.

Manjula Joshi

A Chartered Accountant by profession and a hands on Mother to two wonderful kids. Before taking up the responsibility of motherhood she had worked for more than 12 years in Financial Industry. She has a passion for reading and is proud to have inculcated the novel habit in her kids early on. She believes in raising kids who are well read and aware of their surroundings and grow up as a responsible citizen who can bring desired changes in the Society.