‘The Big Day’ is a short story about a mother’s pride, by Kavita Geeva, an HR consultant with a passion for writing. Edited by Ista Kyra.
In a buzz of anticipation, Cyntia hovered around Kevin, meticulously ensuring every document for his university registration was being packed. She was radiating with excitement but her 18-year-old was visibly annoyed by her barrage of questions, as he towered over her with an impatient look on his face.
“Mom, can you just keep quiet for once?” he grumbled. Clad in a crisp white shirt, long black pants, and a matching tie, today was the day he would embark on university life, a monumental occasion that carried more weight for Cyntia than anyone else in the room.
For Cyntia, this day was a dream come true; the culmination of countless nights praying for her son’s success.
She had tirelessly overseen that all the necessary paperwork and documents were in order for Kevin’s big day, his admission to a government university.
For parents with school-bound children, such preparations are merely routine but for Cyntia, it was an emotional rollercoaster. Her mind raced with concerns for Kevin’s well-being in a new environment and how he would adapt to living away from the family for the first time.
As she gazed at her son, Cyntia couldn’t help but marvel at how grown-up and impressive he had become. Her immense sense of pride in her son eclipsed any concerns she had about him leaving home. Cyntia’s entire world revolved around her sons, and her sole purpose in life was to ensure they received nothing but the best in everything.
As they began the journey to the university, Cyntia’s mind wandered back to the countless mornings she spent in tears during Kevin’s early years. She recalled how, at the age of 5, Kevin would passionately protest against going to daycare after kindergarten. His tearful pleas lingered in her thoughts, a daily source of heartache as she entrusted him to Ms. Hue, the Principal of Tadika SKS.
In the face of Kevin’s reluctance, Cyntia made the difficult decision to allow him to navigate this phase of self-development, grappling with the balance between providing the best for him and respecting his desires. The daycare transformed into a space where Kevin not only acquired academic knowledge but also crucial life skills. Motivated by her maternal instincts, Cyntia occasionally reached out to Ms. Hue for updates and promptly attended to Kevin’s needs if he ever fell ill.
Cyntia’s commitment to her children transcended any personal sacrifice. She reminisced about turning down a prominent government position when Kevin was just six months old. While the role promised career advancement, it necessitated prolonged training away from home. In a quiet act of sacrifice, she chose to prioritize being there for her son over her professional aspirations.
As they approached the university, Cyntia couldn’t help but feel that time had passed far too swiftly. The small child she once cradled in her arms had grown into a young man, poised to embark on a fresh chapter in his journey. The unspoken sacrifices and steadfast devotion to her children shaped Cyntia’s path, epitomizing the core of a mother’s love – selfless, infinite, and unwavering.
Cover image by the Shaan photography/Pexels. The copyright of ‘The Big Day’ belongs to Kavita Geeva.