Courageous HeartSunday, April 19, 2009
Dinner time, my youngest child (8yo) broke down in tears when he found out that his older brother might be going away to college in San Diego, California. He couldn’t understand why his brother can’t just go to college locally.
The thought of having his families being separated was just unbearable. Two years ago, when my daughter went to college in University of South Carolina, he also had a very tough time adjusting not seeing her every day. (She’s now transferred to Rutgers University here in NJ).
We’ve had families members who had been taken away from us that separation like these are just too much for any of us, most especially for a little child whose day to day revolves saying “hellos”and “good-nights” to his parents, sister and 2 brothers.
Sometimes as a mother, you have to make tough decisions and sacrifices so that your children can live their dreams, and in other cases, to survive and live better lives. My mother for one has made plenty of sacrifices in her life so that my 5 brothers and I can follow our dreams.
As my husband and I watched the inspiring true story of Irena Sendler in CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame, Courageous Heart, my heart ached for the mothers and the fathers who had to let go of their children. I can’t even imagine having to say good-bye not knowing if I’ll ever see my child again. Such experience is just too devastating to bear. But these mothers had the courage to be strong for their children.
As we approach Mother’s Day, we have to remember the sacrifices of the mothers who had the courage to part ways with their children and to the mothers who took them in even though their lives could have been in danger.
We have to be inspired by the initiative and dedication of Irena Sendler, an extra ordinary woman who risked her life to make a difference in people’s lives.
Having watched this inspiring true story, we have to be thankful that we are lucky enough to have the gift of being in this country where we have the freedom and rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Let's not take that gift for granted.
And lastly, a big high-five to Hallmark and the four high school students who made this story of a courageous heart possible.