Where Did Your Mother Work?

interviewOne young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “none”.

The director asked, ” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, ” Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, ” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: ” Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, ” please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said, Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, ” This is what I am looking for to be my manager.

I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

Moral: A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

Lesson: You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done

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19 Responses to Where Did Your Mother Work?

  1. khaled ismail May 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM #

    Great story, where are those people nowadays?

  2. nazmat1 April 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM #

    very good FFJ

  3. Samra April 7, 2014 at 11:19 AM #

    A heart touching and toughtful story. Welldone FFJ. Really appreciated.

  4. Saad April 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM #

    Extremely Touching! Thanks a lot for this post. Great story with a great moral.

  5. Zafar Iqbal December 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM #

    Thank you Sara ji,

    Reading such stories, even again, is no problem! ((I think I remember reading it earlier, too!))

    And the comments of the readers/viewers are also nice. What Ms Assous did for her daughters is no appropriate!

    Thank you, again.

    • Zafar Iqbal December 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

      Sorry!!!!!!!!! Sorry for the typing mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      The word ‘no’ in the last line of my reply should have been ‘so’ and not ‘no’!
      No wonder the printing world calls such errors, “Printer’s Devil”

      I truly appreciate what Ms Assous did. That is why I meant to write, “…what Ms Assous did was so appropriate…”

  6. Asif Goa December 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM #

    Thank you for posting such a wonderful and moralful story.

  7. Mohammad Ilyas Soomro December 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM #

    This is good story with the great moral.

  8. Syed A K Ahmed May 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM #

    another Gem on the jewel of appreciating the mother’s part in our lives. good moral. thanx for posting

  9. Hanifa April 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

    very great and moral story

    • Ali - Admin April 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM #

      Glad you liked it Hanifa.

  10. sharif123 April 23, 2013 at 6:14 AM #


  11. Haider April 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

    A very good and inspiring story. , but it is 2nd time appears in ” INSPIRING STORIES “

  12. anissa assous April 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

    Great story! I do agree with you, children must be well educated to be successful in life! I remember that one summer, I received my sisters for a week in my big house. In the summer time, I give my maid vacation days because, she has two sons and I want them to appreciate seeing their mothers home just like my own children who love to be with me the whole summer vacation. One day, my two daughters woke up early in order o go shopping with their aunts, I stopped them at the door and asked them to do each one her part of the housework before leaving the house. My sisters were angry and said: they’ll do the job later. I did not agree! Anyway, my daughters did the job, then left and same back very late. I said: Do you understand now why I asked you not o delay the housework: it’s a responsibility, the maid never postponed preparing the food for you when I was working, she never let the house dirty, she was loyal to me. Now, you must show the same loyalty to me and your father.

  13. AbdulRahman April 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM #

    A food for thought for parents and children as well. A nice one Sara. Please keep it up

  14. Mohammad Mansour April 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

    GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. imtiyaz baig December 31, 2010 at 2:22 AM #

    Dear Nasheed the moral of this story is amazing. we must appreciate each other while working together, living together and among our family & friends. thanks.

  16. Ahmed Dawood December 29, 2010 at 10:15 PM #

    very good moral story…. nice keep it up.