Radha was busy in the kitchen preparing dinner. Her 12 years old son, Viraj was sitting at the dining table, munching on his favorite cookies she had made for him and working on his latest craft project.

Her husband Sumit, walked in and sat beside their son, “Hey champ, how was school?”

“Good Papa, lots of homework though”, Viraj grumbled.

Then he continued, “Papa, do you know any inspiring woman I can write about in my assignment? Women’s day is coming, and our English teacher has given us the assignment to write an article about a woman in your life who inspires you”.

“So write about your Mamma,” Sumit replied, grabbing a cookie from the table.

“But Mamma is home all day, and she doesn’t go out to work, though she cooks us delicious meals, and helps me with my homework, but what’s inspiring about that? You have to do something big and work a lot to be an inspiration right?”

Radha heard her son’s words and stood rooted in her place, thinking, “Is that all I am in my son’s eyes?”

Sumit looked up at her, and though she averted her eyes quickly, he saw the hurt in his wife’s eyes. 

“Sure, I know a woman who inspires me every day, even you know her well.” He replied thoughtfully to Viraj.

“Who is she, Papa?”

“I will tell you who she is, but first let me tell you why she inspires me so much, and why you would be inspired by her too when you hear about her.” 

“Radha, why don’t you sit? You should know about this amazing woman too”. Sumit pulled a chair for her.

Radha sat, wondering what her husband was up to.

Sumit began, “So, I have known this woman for more than 16 years. She was a colleague in my office. I know she was always a brilliant student, as her academics were great. She was a hard-working woman, and her bosses were always happy with her. Then she got married, and she was responsible for a whole new family. But she balanced her career and family really well. 

After a few years, she gave birth to a baby boy, and her whole life changed. She decided to quit her job and be home with her baby. Mind you, if she wanted, she could have managed both motherhood and career brilliantly. But she is a strong woman, and chose to leave her high paying job so that she can stay at home with her child. She knew it was her choice, and no-one had the right to judge her.

She is a great mother and wife. I have seen her working so hard all these years. She wakes up before everyone and prepares breakfast and pack lunches for her family. She always cooks their favorite food, like the cookies you are eating. She is great at multitasking. Though, she is home all day, she is equally busy with housework and chores. She helps her son with homework and crafts (he said looking pointedly at the craft project on the table).  When her son and husband come home in the evenings, they relax, but despite being working all day, she still cooks for them, cleans up, and does preparations for the next day. She doesn’t get Sundays, sick days, or holidays.

So you see, though she doesn’t go out to work in an office, she still works all day.

She takes care of the mental and physical health of her family. She is their rock. Her opinions and suggestions always help them in life.

 And she inspires me to give my best as she does it every day”.

“Any guesses who I am talking about?” Sumit continued, looking at their son.

Viraj pondered for a moment, and then looked up at Radha, “Mamma, you do all these things for us. I never realized how hard you work. The woman Papa is talking about is you… right? He is inspired by you! I am going to write about you now!”

Sumit patted his son on the back “smart boy”. And Viraj ran to his room.

Radha just stared at her husband, eyes glistening with tears.

Sumit got up, came around the table, and kissed her forehead. “Don’t ever forget how awesome you are.” 

Radha sat there a while, and realized that somewhere along the way, she too had forgotten the woman she was, and silently thanked her husband for reminding her.  

She vowed to herself, “I will never forget the woman that I am, a daughter, a mother, a wife, but more than that, I am a smart, hard-working, intelligent, and as her husband said, an amazing and inspiring woman“.

***

“This post is a part of ‘The Woman That I Am’ Blog Hop #TheWomanThatIAm organized by Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul #RRxMM. The Event is sponsored by Kraffitti.”


100 Comments

Mahesh Sowani · March 3, 2020 at 8:52 am

Yes, every person deserves some me time. Loved your post

    poorvi khare · March 3, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Hi, it’s not about me time. Its a story about a stay at home mom’s inspiring identity and its appreciation in others.

    Ujjwal Mishra · March 3, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    We have to start appreciating ourselves before we expect other to do that and we need more such husbands in our society.

      poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      True! we need to appreciate ourselves. thank you for reading.

Jyoti Jha · March 3, 2020 at 9:09 am

Very heartwarming! One should never undermine the hectic, round-the-clock chores of stay-at-home parents. It is important to realize one’s own worth, and an appreciation of the same from the loving ones around increases the happiness multi-fold.

    poorvi khare · March 3, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Thank you so much Jyoti 🙂

      Sonia Madaan · March 3, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      Loved reading this post. Well written. A stay at home mother is not less than any other working mom. Performing all her duties, ensuring that all others’ could perform better she works non-stop without any complaints. Real tribute to all the women.

        poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:02 pm

        Thank you for this wonderful comment 🙂

    Jyoti · March 3, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Such a beautiful post Poorvi. Home makers are working round the click without pays and holidays, and many times without appreciation. But they surely are the backbone of the family !!

      poorvi khare · March 3, 2020 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Jyoti. Home-makers sure are the backbone of the family.

Sundeep Ananth Dubey (rightpurchasing.com) · March 3, 2020 at 10:04 am

Every housewife/homemaker is the reason the men are functioning appropriately. No leaves, no salary, no help, and loads of love. No other profession in this world is as demanding and less rewarding as a mother. I loved your post thoroughly. Amazing post Poorvi 🙂
— rightpurchasing.com

    poorvi khare · March 3, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Thank you, Sundeep. That’s exactly what I tried to say in my post. You summarized it well. 🙂

Swarnali Nath · March 3, 2020 at 11:26 am

Wow, such a heartfelt post. Firstly, I loved your set up, telling his mommy’s story through his father’s voice. Men often forget to show some respect to women they’re surrounded with, but I know some special men like Viraj’s dad, they vow women’s priority. Really enjoyed your story, subtle style of storytelling. More power to you girl.

    poorvi khare · March 3, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment. It just made my day, coz I love creating such stories.
    I too wish men would appreciate women more, this is my way of nudging them :).

Deepika Mishra · March 3, 2020 at 11:30 am

It is not easy to stay at home and fulfilling all the responsibilities without taking any break. It is a very thankless job. I am glad in your story her husband and son appreciated what she is doing and why she took this decision. Don’t judge Homemakers.

Deepika Mishra

    poorvi khare · March 3, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Thank you, Deepika. That’s what I wish, that people would appreciate homemakers more, instead of judging them.

Neeraja Ganesh · March 3, 2020 at 12:20 pm

A simple post, to remind everyone that a stay at home woman is also an inspiration to everyone!

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you!

Surbhi Rastogi · March 3, 2020 at 12:34 pm

Radha was not the only one who had her eyes glistening with tears. You had me teared up too. Most of the times, the work of a housewife seems invisible. It is extremely gratifying with your partner recognises your worth, and helps you see it too. Kudos!

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you! I am so happy that my story touched you to a level it brought tears in your eyes. Comments like these make you inspired to write more.

Novemberschild (Romila) · March 3, 2020 at 12:59 pm

While housework is the first thing many think of when they hear the term “homemaker”, there’s so much more to it. A home maker does so much more than cleaning and cooking. Balance is the key and needs a lot of trial and error. Being a homemaker deserves honor.

    Purba Chakraborty · March 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    A simple yet touching post about a homemaker. It’s good to see the beautiful bond between the husband and the wife. It’s heartening how much respect they have for each other.

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Yes, every husband should appreciate a homemaker like this.:) thank you for reading.

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Exactly, being a homemaker is so much more than cleaning and cooking, people need to realize this. Thank you for reading.

Pooja · March 3, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Women must someday really calculate the worth of this housework and child-rearing in terms of money because that is the only way most understand achievement like the young son here. But more importantly women must know their own worth like Radha does at the end.

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    True. Maybe then people would understand how much a homemaker does for them.
    Thank you!

PraGun · March 3, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Amazing and inspiring
There was a drop in my eyes realizing how we underestimate our existence as Homemakers.
Really heartwarming post

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you for such a wonderful comment. We do underestimate ourselves, it’s so overwhelming to know I have touched your hearts with the story.

Janaki · March 3, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Poorvi, we should read this story everyday to know our worth. Sometimes, it’s sad because people around us know our importance yet we belittle ourselves. This has to change.
Janaki @beyondthefamiliar

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    True, I wrote this as much to remind myself as to others, that we are so much more than what people think.

Ruchi Nasa · March 3, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Such a simple yet thoughtful post. Thanks for reminding each one of us that we are amazing. Love and hugs.

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    My pleasure Ruchi. And thanks a lot for your kind words.:)

Shail Thosani · March 3, 2020 at 3:46 pm

Stay at home home moms often go through this situation where they are forgotten and they themselves forget what a strong women they are. A beautiful dedication to all the stay at home moms and the sacrifices they had to make.

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you so much, Shail. We do forget how awesome we are, and I wrote this to make ourselves remember our worth too.

Sivaranjini · March 3, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Wonderful a girl must get a husband like this then giving up a job is totally worth it 🙂 felt so blissful 🙂

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    True…I wish every husband was like this. Women would be so much happier. thank you for reading.

Deepika Sharma · March 3, 2020 at 5:26 pm

What a wonderfully written post. Loved the narration. The actual set up of home was amazing. Women forget to realise their worth specially if they are stay at home moms. Beautiful.
Deepika Sharma

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you for such a lovely comment Deepika 🙂

Ritu · March 3, 2020 at 6:05 pm

Stay at home moms are often judged. I am glad that in your story, the father makes it a point to make the child aware of the mother’s contributions. Something that is a rarity otherwise. I liked the way you ended it with her affirmations.

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    thank you! I wish more men will step up and appreciate the homemakers. This is story is my way to nudge them 🙂

Meena Chatty · March 3, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Every SAHM is a rockstar in my opinion. Nice story poorvi. Not a lot of husbands are intuitive like Radha’s. I’m glad Viraj was able to see him mom in a different light.

Meena from balconysunrise.wordpress.com

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    I know, husbands generally don’t realize this. I wish they would, like in this story.

    Thank you for reading!

Brinda · March 3, 2020 at 7:04 pm

The most underrated role is that of the homemaker and men can go a long way to make her feel wanted and appreciated. They also teach their kids to be respectful from seeing their own actions. Lovely write up!

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you so much, Brinda 🙂

Zenobia Merchant · March 3, 2020 at 7:37 pm

A touching and heartwarming write-up. We definitely do not need affirmation from others about our life, but once off a heartfelt appreciation makes it all worth it.

    poorvi khare · March 5, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Yep, appreciation once in a while can do wonders. Thank you!

Pashmeena Chowdhary · March 3, 2020 at 8:37 pm

Wow!!!!! What a wonderful celebration of the life of a homemaker..The story was also woven so lovingly..I loved each word immensely..It also reminds us that being a homemaker is also a reason to feel awesome..Best wishes for your next post..

    poorvi khare · March 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you so much Pashmeena. Homemakers ARE awesome!

Arushi Seth · March 3, 2020 at 9:51 pm

Wow!! You have woven the story so beautifully and written about a very important aspect of stay at home moms. The fact is not all husbands understand and even if they do, they do not appreciate. sometimes hearing it from someone is good. All homemakers are awesome and inspiring and high time the family supports and appreciates them. Loved your post

    poorvi khare · March 8, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you so much Arushi. You are right, most men do not realize and acknowledge the work homemakers do. That’s why I wanted o write something like this. Even if one man realizes it. I ‘ll be successful.

Archana · March 3, 2020 at 10:04 pm

The bitter truth of our society, indeed, Homemakers are the most underrated workers , who put all her blood and sweat in turning a house into home is rarely gets noticed, by her own, I loved the beautiful narration by a loving husband, who respects his wife and her decision of choosing her baby and home over her lucrative job, your write up is a true inspiration.

    poorvi khare · March 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you so much Archana. I wish more husbands were like this too.

Manisha · March 3, 2020 at 11:18 pm

A woman has so many roles to play and does that with perfection, This is the story of so many women, people our own family judges, very few value her contribution which is immense and in reality, the house runs smoothly because of her.

    poorvi khare · March 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you so much Manisha!

vidhya · March 3, 2020 at 11:19 pm

Awww loved the way he reminded her!! It’s very important to have supportive partner!-

    poorvi khare · March 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you Vidhya!

Urvashi · March 3, 2020 at 11:32 pm

Every woman is an inspiration. It is we who need to see the real shine of a gem that she is. Just like the kiddo our society is forgetting that we are always working, working for some companies, working at home for all the families, working on our blogs, working on our health and always on our toes. Thanks for highlighting this message for Each one of us deserves . #damurureads Urvashi

    poorvi khare · March 8, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you so much Urvashi! You are right All women are working, if only people would realise it.

Namratha · March 3, 2020 at 11:39 pm

Stay at home mothers must know their worth. They dont. I dont. I always have that feeling of not doing enough. Not being enough. Thanks for this post

    poorvi khare · March 8, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Yes every woman should know their worth, especially homemakers who don’t get much credit. Thank you for reading.

Yatindra Tawde · March 4, 2020 at 10:41 pm

Amazingly written. Great emotional quotient. You should be a full time writer. – Yatindra Tawde

    poorvi khare · March 8, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you! I do dream to become an author one day. Your comment means a lot!

Surabhi B.das · March 4, 2020 at 11:29 pm

Wow, amazing penned. we maximum home moms often go through these issues where they have forgotten that they have own importance and responsibility of ourselves

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you so much, Surabhi!

Shipra Trivedi · March 5, 2020 at 9:37 am

So love you for such a sweet story. There is strong message that it conveys. I guess this post is for every husband who never realizes how hard working the wives are.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you, Shipra! Yes, every husband should realize and start to appreciate the hard work their wives put in.

Noor Anand Chawla · March 5, 2020 at 11:49 am

This was a good read and I am so glad that Sumit creatively counselled his son on everything that Radha does for the family. A woman’s daily mundane tasks are never given importance, as they should be.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you so much, Noor. 🙂

Monika · March 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm

The woman is working hard whether she is working in office or at home . She deserves to be appreciated by all – family or the other society . Well written post .

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you, Monika!

Deepti Sharma · March 7, 2020 at 12:20 am

What a lovely story to nail the moral in the head…this wife was really lucky )).. very flowing!

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks a lot, Deepti! I wish all wives were this lucky:)

Varsh · March 7, 2020 at 9:49 am

Radha might’ve forgotten who she is but am glad her husband not only reminded her that but made her son realise the worth of what she does for them, every single day. We need more men and husbands like him. Good story!

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks a lot, Varsh. Yes, we need more men like Sumit in our society.

Ninu Nair · March 7, 2020 at 5:38 pm

This was so heartwarming. Hopefully, every father tells this to his son/ daughter to make them realize the contribution of a stay at home mother.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Thank You, Ninu. Yes, every father should tell this to his child.

Aishwarya Sandeep · March 8, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Such a beautiful thought. If only all husbands were as sensitive as Sumit, then world would definately have been a better place for us women.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Thank You, Aishwarya. You are right if only all men were like Sumit…

Sonam Chamaria · March 8, 2020 at 9:34 pm

It is very important for the next generation (and the current) to understand the roles that stay-at-home moms play! Great piece!

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you so much, Sonam!

Abha Singh · March 9, 2020 at 5:23 pm

I just loved how you presented women’s hard work and they really need appreciation. But sometimes we just forget our talent. Beautiful post.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you so much, Abha 🙂

Supriti Garg · March 9, 2020 at 5:51 pm

a SAHM is always judged and ridiculed but u are blessed to have such a caring husband who understands what goes behind making a SAHM. loved the simplicity with which uput across the message.

    Gurjeet Chhabra · March 10, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Heart touching post, it feel so amazing when your hardworking is appreciated by your loved one. when you realise your special place ,respect in their eye’s.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you so much, Suptriti!

Debidutta Mohanty · March 9, 2020 at 11:31 pm

You have beautifully brought out the importance of a homemaker. It’s much more than just housekeeping or cleaning but people forget to see the emotional warmth, care and mental support that one lady provides to the entire household.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you Debidutta. Yes, a woman takes care of a whole household’s well being. People don’t realize it.

Meera · March 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm

Love the way, thr message was conveyed by a Father to his son, and this is what I call it King in making

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you so much, Meera 🙂

Priyanka Nair · March 10, 2020 at 5:55 pm

A woman’s daily tasks go unnoticed and SAHM is the most ignored corner…but I am glad you gave a positive message through your narration.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you, Priyanka 🙂

Sangya Nagpal · March 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

A heartfelt post.People often forget the importance of a homemaker.Glad you shared it.

Sangya Nagpal

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you Sangya!

Srishti RajeevMenda · March 11, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Glad to read this post. It is truly inspirational. you have said so much woven into a small tale. Also loved the blog as a whole.

    poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks a lot, Srishti! So glad you liked my blog too 🙂

Rashi Roy · March 12, 2020 at 7:39 am

That father surely is raised by a queen and is now raising his son right. I see such father-son dialogues happening at my home too! It appeared so real, very well written. It’s true, kids at times don’t realize and it’s the duty of the parents to show them the clear picture. The son will now have a respect for all the women he’ll come across. Am so happy you have you in this blog hop and absolutely loved your take on the theme 🙂

poorvi khare · March 12, 2020 at 2:13 pm

Thank you so much Rashi for this wonderful comment. I am so glad to be part of the blog hop.

    Disha · March 12, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Stay at home moms have a difficult time managing home and other people’s expectations. These are silent warriors who fight everyday injustice with smile and take care of their family.

Manas Mukul · March 15, 2020 at 5:52 pm

It depends a lot on upbringing how one sees the world and treat others. A heartfelt post relatable to most of the women that we see in India as homemakers. Their hard work and effort goes without recognition. We all can atleast try to raise the next generation in a manner where they learn to appreciate others for what they are.

#RRxMM #TheWomanThatIAm

Nidhi Rawal Gautam · March 17, 2020 at 12:04 pm

Homemakers are often taken casually. Amazing writing and narration. The characters of the story are well defined. Loved reading Poorvi !

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