She’s given you life. Nursed you to health. Put up with your tantrums. Cleaned your mess. Whipped you with a wooden spoon. Proof-read all your essays. Listened to all your speeches. Cheered the loudest when you were competing for that useless medal. She bullied all your teachers. Forked out money so that you could do God-knows-what with God-knows-who. Held your hand when you went to the doctors. Wiped those tears when your heart got broken. Told you to grow up, and then begged you to stay home.
She is mum. You know she will always love you, because as Lee-Ann Liebenberg put it, “After all, you’re the only one who knows the sound of my heart from the inside”
A group of students took pictures of their mothers day messages to show their life-long appreciation.
Nthabiseng Makgabo, 2nd year BSc, said: “My mom is like my BFF, literally. My mom has super-woman tendencies. She takes it to another level. She’s like a doctor/driver/sometimes my dad/ my best friend. She’s my err’thing.”
Benvolio Masehla, 4th year MBBCH, misses his mom’s shouting. “And the whipping.”
Frans Mashangoane, 1st year BAccSci, said: “I just miss talking to her.”
Kelebohile Mganga, 3rd year BSc, said: “I miss everything. My mom is disabled but she does everything, and she’s a single mom. She’s so strong. I learn so much. Everyday with her is the best thing ever.”
Masego Mpyatona, 2nd year BSc, said: “She loves saying this line, even when it’s irrelevant- “ga o na peace”-you don’t have peace.”
Minenhle Dlamini, 2nd year BAccSci, said: “I miss her shouting. She always shouts at me. Now I miss that. She always worries about the little things, she’s that protective.”
Lebotsa Precious, 2nd year BCom Accounting, said her best memory was the day she received her matric results because her mum was so happy. “I miss the calming effect she has on me.”
Makghola Pheme, 2nd year BAccSci, said: “She’s always there. Irrespective of the situation.”
Odwa Mbanga, Honours BSc, said: “I miss her kindness. She’s really sweet.”
Ledima Mello, 3rd year BAccSci said: “She was always on my side. Even when I was stealing, she was still on my side.”
Mkhize Sluleko, 1st year BSc said: “I miss her cooking.”
Lungile Ngobeni,4th year BEng, said: “I miss her nagging. When she caught me trying on her shoes… you in a rush to grow up, now I can’t even stand high heels.”
So mums all over the world, know that your children love you, even when it seems like we don’t.
These photos were featured on the Instagram account of Wits Vuvuzela