A mother’s love

2018-05-15 06:00
Jake, Tersia and Trent Taskes.PHOTO: Lisa Mörck

Jake, Tersia and Trent Taskes.PHOTO: Lisa Mörck

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AS we approach Mother’s Day, the Pinetown
Fever
reporter Nosipho Mkhize spoke to Tersia Taskes to find out more about the joys and the challenges of being a mom.

NM [NOSIPHO MKHIZE]: Please take me through your experience of being a mom.

TT [TERSIA TASKES]: My first son, Trent, was born a month premature and the hardest thing was leaving him in ICU for a week and visiting on a daily basis.

Although he was in good care, he was constantly on my mind and I worried about him. He was quite a sickly little boy, but is now a strapping 11-year-old with a feisty younger brother by the name of Jake. Nothing or nobody can prepare you for motherhood, really, and it does not come with a step-by-step manual! I simply tackle one day at a time and face challenges as they arise.

NM: What was the first thing that came to mind when you found out you were pregnant?

TT: I was overwhelmed with excitement, happiness and also apprehension of course. It is a time that should be treasured and is full of exciting moments as you prepare yourselves for the arrival of a precious gift from God.

I always remember being astounded to see the growth of my little baby as the scans progressed towards full term, they grow and develop so perfectly and fast.

NM: What are the challenges of being a mom?

TT: There are many challenges - sometimes you have to be really tough and kids don’t like that, and sometimes they don’t like you either. I strive to teach my two boys the importance of giving and being grateful.

It is really challenging portraying the message that there are so many sad, worse off cases in the world, children that are starving, some that are orphans, the list is endless, but I strive to deliver the message to them to ensure that they learn to be grateful.

NM: What do you enjoy the most as a mother?

TT: I simply love caring and nurturing my boys, teaching them new things and experiencing new adventures. I adore sharing my passion and love for nature and animals with them. I love interacting with people, so I have enjoyed watching them do the same, to always be friendly and care about the well-being of others. The key is to always be kind, and giving.

NM: Please tell me a bit about your boys.

TT: Trent is my eldest son who will be 12-years-old in November. He is very free-spirited and simply loves the outdoors. You will never see him sitting and watching TV. He is always busy on his bike, tending to his chickens, chopping wood for a fire, or talking to someone in the neighbourhood.

His love for nature and all animals is heart-warming to see. He is a delightful chap and has made me very proud of all the progress he has made and all that he has achieved. Jake is my youngest son and he will be eight in August. Jake is very mischievous and also likes to be creative. He is very noisy and likes to boss everybody around at home. He always strives to do his best and enjoys school. He has two rats named Peanut and Raisin that he really loves. His compassion for people and animals is something that comes from the heart. He has also done us extremely proud for all that he has achieved.

NM: How will you spend your day on Mother’s Day?

TT: I will probably be woken up to some little home-made treats from both the boys and dad of course. Flowers from the garden, chocolates and some other spoils too. They love Mother’s Day and watching them beam with huge smiles as they spoil me is the best gift ever. I will also be spoiling my own dear mom who is in bed for six months following extensive foot surgery.

NM: Any advice you have for other mothers?

TT: Take one day at a time. Guide them, love them and teach them. So long as they do their best, always, what more can you ask for? Teach them about the good and the bad in every situation.

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