Mother's Day Card
Anitha Devi Pillai
No, it wasn’t perfect -
at least not in the traditional sense.
It arrived a little crumbled
as he had clutched it too tightly on his way home.
His eraser had left marks on it
that he could not get rid of...
and the beans kept ‘rolling away, Mummy’
he said about his attempt
to glue those little red things onto the paper
to form two hearts - his & mine.
It was my FIRST Mother’s Day card.
He was all of 3 1/2 years old and
had done it at his pre-school
under the watchful eyes of a teacher
who told him to redo it -
You know... to get it right
for his mum for Mother’s Day.
She meant well
but they ran out of time.
So he came home with this.
And it looked PERFECT to me - it still does.
It sits there now on my shelf
in full view of my guests
and from all angles in the room
as a reminder of the little things
that made me smile.