Many years ago when I was a little child, my grandmother told me stories every night. Her stories were usually about angels, jinn (similar to genies), fairies, or monsters. I was curious about all these creatures, but I was interested mostly in angels.

Grandmother told me they have two big white wings and they never do badness. They help people and never expect anything. She told me angels go everywhere with people and help them if they face difficulties. They are sent by God.

My grandmother passed away many years ago, and then I grew up. I always looked forward to seeing an angel, but I never could see any with two big white wings.

Now that years have passed, I believe that there was one who always has been very close by me. She is my mother. She is an angel, although she does not have two big white wings.

Either she or her prayers have been with me all the time. She is the one who devoted her entire life to her children and her family. She never wanted anything for herself and she only wished the best of everything for me and my siblings.

She could not continue her education due to the hard situation of her time, but she has done everything she could for her children to complete theirs. When I finished high school, she let me go abroad to continue my higher education, knowing that she would be alone for many years.

If I am sick or sad she immediately feels this and calls me. She never lets me know when she is sick because she does not want me to worry. For me, her voice is the most comforting and reassuring voice in the world. When I graduated from university, she was even happier than I. When I walked on stage to take my diploma I could see how happy she was. She always gave me the courage to be strong.

She is like a sun who warms up my coldest days. Can an angel be better than her? She is an angel even though she does not have white wings. She is sent by God to protect us.

By Farida

photo by Martin van Asseldonk