Friday, January 20, 2012


Mrs. Joseph had come to see me
Just a while ago…
She wanted me to teach her son, Jordon
For his crucial Twelfth,
Which he will be in the coming year.
“Sir, Jordon is a very intelligent kid, full of potential,”
Mrs. Joseph told me,
“He only seems lost… Not giving his best.”
She continued, “Sir, I want you to help him
Get hold of himself…Work to his full potential.”

I smiled and re-assured,
“Ma’am, don’t worry, Jordon will find his way…
He will work to his full potential.”

I told her about me…
How lost I was…
How I discovered myself late, and slowly…
How the pressure of proving myself to anyone began to drop…
How work became pleasure…
How motivation became as normal as my breathing.

“Yes… but then, sir!”
I sensed Mrs. Joseph wanted to tell me,
“Jordon is not you, not Gerry!”

I felt that anxiety of a concerned mother…
And, I told her in my heart:
“Ma’am, I wish you had met me when I was like Jordon!”  
I re-assured her,
“I was not Jordon either…
I was miles behind him!”


The image used in this Post is by Ashok Ahuja. He is a professional Photographer and a very dear friend of mine. He is also one of the founder members of The Dawn Club, and, along with his gifted-artist wife, Sudha, has been helping me, and the Club, right from its inception.


Mamta Desai said...

Very re-assuring sir. Thank you.

... Mamta

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Thanks Mamta...

Glad u found it re-assuring.

Pl read regularly and comment.



Kumar said...

small article but power packed.

Thanks Gerry


sonal said...

Anxiety,Worry,Tension, Love...these are all synonymous in a mothers dictionary specially when it comes to their children...we want to protect them....We want them to be successful and Mrs Joseph was one of them..she is closely related to one of my good friends and i was fortunate to guide her to you...I am sure Jordan will find a new awakening , a new path to follow with you as his Guru, Friend, philosopher and Guide....Amen...

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Thanks Kumar for the comment.

Yes, when I read it again and again, I get the same feeling - It has great power!

Simplest things are the greatest!!!

Keep helping me to refine!



Gerald D'Cunha said...

Hi Sonal, thanks not only for your comment... but also referring Mrs. Joseph to me. This article wouldn't have been there without u!

Your little 'Post' (It is much more than just a comment)... is a mother's real perspective... Who else can but u to vouch that!

I liked the 'Amen'!

And you must've written it just before you retired for the day!

The best way to wind up our day!



Girish Dhameja said...

WE all have something special but we are unaware of that special thing. There is were a role of teacher comes into play.

Cautious and Caring how Moms are. But a right nurturing, right moulding and making conscious is something can be done by a teacher. Thank you sir for this sweet article.

Gerald D'Cunha said...

After a very long time sir!!

What happened?

Girish, I missed all your lovely comments. Hope, all well at your end.

Keep reading and helping. It means a lot to me.



Vikas Prajapati said...

Thank u sir...!!

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Thank u Vikas.

Keep reading



Anonymous said...

Sir mothers are like that only who else knows better then you...

Once we grow up & are doing well in our life...become responsible...
take charge......

Still they are like that, isn't it?
same tension...same worries.... and what not????

Regards Soniya.

Gerald D'Cunha said...

Oh yes, yes, Soniya..."Mother are like that only!!!"





Shirley said...

sir i see myself in this mother and i hope my child too becomes a person like Gerry once he grows up..