Last week, my mother retired from government service. She has been a school teacher for 33 years, since she was 25. During these years, she always had a classroom full of overactive, whiny and noisy students – many of whom from lower strata of society who were motivated by her to attend school.
My mother Krishna Singh’s job at various government schools in Bihar, where even basic amenities did not exist, involved standing for long hours and dealing with a defiant and rude society.
Thanks to her dedication and strong will power, not only did she complete an eventful career with élan, she was never found faulting on any occasion. Unsurprisingly, she has been a role model for many in her community, among colleagues, students and parents. For her family, she has at all times served as the strongest role model. She means everything to us and a lot to all those who have met her.
My mother has contributed so much to the society, by dedicating herself to every job she was assigned and still raised me, my elder sister and my elder brother while continuing to be the most productive member in our community. I have never come across a person with such great positive attitude.
It was really great to see her waking up at her own time, doing her own things, reading newspaper, cooking, not stressing, travelling to her school, managing money, keeping records, planning insurance, saving taxes, and keeping an excellent health. It has been great so far. She’s been able to be very active; and sort of her own boss, always.
My mother had had her education from prestigious institutions like Chapman Girls’ High School, MDDM College and Bihar University, and she excelled at all these places. As a teacher, her best stint was at the Harihar Narayan Kanya Madhya Vidyalaya where, incidently, she also began her studies. Other schools where she taught included Nitishwar Madhya Vidyalaya, Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya (Muraul) and Rajkiya Kanya Madhya Vidyalaya Mahila Shilp Kala Bhawan. She retired while teaching at Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya Indradaman at Muzaffarpur city.
Now, as she is visited by well-wishers, friends and former colleagues, she discusses her action-packed career with them and describes how wonderful has her retirement been. But I know for sure, my Maa will never retire. Retirement will simply be the beginning of a new life for her. I wish her a fantastic time ahead and believe she’ll live reasonably comfortably enough and can maybe do some travel and enjoy things that she had put off.
Every child considers his mom as the best. But for me, my mother has been a very very special person. In all the world, there is no other to take the place of my dear mother. We’ve laughed together, cried together. Through this blog, I want the world to know how much I love her. She is my heroine.
Maa tujhe salaam…