Mar 10, 2011

Interview with my Mom - Mrs. Yohapushpam Livingston

To everyone their Mom is the best in the world; for me she is the best-est :) "Many mothers have done nobly, But you excel them all." would be my honest statement about my Mom. She is everything that an excellent wife/mom should be, as described in Proverbs 31. Mom is my true role model and best friend. That does not mean we never disagree on things. In fact, I was the toughest child to raise and I contribute to almost all of the grey hair she has. But in spite of all that her love for me is unconditional!

Here is introducing my role model. my best friend, our beloved mother Mrs. Yohapushpam Livingston! Mom exclaims Jesus, my Lord and my God! which is my favorite of her posts and here's a quote from it:

"His cross was a symbol of curse and His cross is a symbol of blessing! His death seemed to be a defeat and His death is a glorious victory! He is the altar and He is the sacrifice..."

Picture taken on 30-DEC-2008. It was Delight's wedding reception.
From left to right: Israel, self, Delightson, Viniba, Akka and Amma.
? Can you tell us a little about yourself? Please include where you are from.
! I am Mrs. Yohapushpam Livingston (Y L) –NRIGirl’s mother, 64 years old - a retired professor, after about 37 years of teaching mathematics to college students. I have two daughters 38 and 37 and a son 29. Eldest daughter did not get married since she is slightly handicapped, a small degree of lack of motor coordination. Second daughter (NRIGirl) is a computer professional , married to a computer professional and they have two daughters 11, 9 and a son who is 7 years old and they all live in New jersey, USA. My son is a computer professional in Bangalore, India, married and has a son 1 year old.
... I lost my husband in 2003 so suddenly and unexpectedly and it is a great loss to me and my children and we miss him a lot in our lives. He was 60, just retired from his profession as scientist in Central Marine Fisheries.
... I have visited my daughter and her family in USA several times and visited Tokyo, Japan once when my son was working there. My earliest memories are from Sri Lanka. I have visited a few states in India. I live with my eldest daughter in Tirunelveli, South India.

? How did you first get involved in blogging?
! I was interested in my daughter’s BlogSpot and posted a few comments and write ups. She created a spot for me. I am not yet actively involved in writing and posting my own blogs.

? What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
! I am not an active blogger. I just read my daughter’s and a few of her blogger friends’ posts and sometimes post a few comments. When I am not doing this, I watch TV if there are any very good films/programs, spend time with my friends and relatives, visit them, help my eldest daughter in writing up the answers for the Bible Quiz questions in which she is always involved in finding the answers, study the Bible with my best friend who is always involved in writing some exams based on the Bible, help any student who comes to me with some doubts in mathematics, listen patiently to all the stories of my servant lady and anyone else who talks to me about their life. I also teach in a Bible college for about two weeks in a semester.

? How did you come up with the name for your blog?
! As I have said my blog space was created by my daughter. She gave some name to that. Recently I have changed it to “Jesus, my Lord and my God.” This was a statement made by St. Thomas on whom I have posted an article in my blog. As a professing Christian, Jesus is the center of my life and I wish to dedicate my writings to Him.

? What is your favorite post that you have written? What makes it special?
! “Jesus, my Lord and my God”. When I was writing that article for the Bible College Magazine, my mind was overflowing with the words. I am sure these thought provoking statements reveal the divine nature of Jesus.

? Any regrets about any of your posts?
! Not so far, though I feel that I should have avoided a few comments in my daughter’s BlogSpot.

? Tell us a joke please.
! Though I laugh out loud at jokes and though I make some funny remarks to make my friends laugh, I find it very difficult to tell a joke just like that. Yesterday during the Sunday sermon, the preacher said something which sounded funny. He told about a very old lady who was living with her granddaughter who was taking care of her. The old lady had no one else except this granddaughter since all her children were dead and gone. One day the lady was so much depressed looking very unhappy. Then the granddaughter asked her why she was so unhappy. The old grandma replied that she was unhappy thinking if the granddaughter also got old and died who would take care of her. I think the preacher told this story to illustrate how many of us are not thinking of our own death.

? What can readers expect in your blog? What is it about?
! I am thinking of writing some Bible study lessons, all pointing to Jesus. 

? Is there anything else you want to share?
! I enjoy reading these interviews. Congratulations on this very good idea.

? Now, if you have a question for me (NRIGirl) this is your chance to ask.
! I would like it if you take this interview yourself. All the best.

Just arrived to celebrate summer with new born cousin. MAY 2010
Tuticorin Airport


NRIGirl said...

Dear Amma! So glad you are part of this series. It turned out much better than expected. I am sure you too are enjoying it all.

Now, regarding the comments you regret, I can remove them if you can share with me which ones these are. So, no regrets!

To answer your question, sure I plan on doing the same once the interview kind of wind down. A few others have expressed similar interests.

Thank you once again for everything you have ever been to me and to us. Love you very much.

Google your name and see, someone is already a celebrity!!

~ Queenma

Anonymous said...

Nice to be introduced to your mother. May I refer to her as "Amma" as well. Hats off to you Amma. All the best!

@NRIGirl- nice to know something more about you. :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Amma,

Glad to read your response and to see the beautiful snaps. May God bless you with long and happy life...

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

It was great to read more about your mother! I "met" her when she left a comment recently, but she was very mysterious with her single blog post. I hope she will join the community!

Black Walnut Pearl said...

Very nice pictures, you all look great!! Enjoyed reading every one of Amma's answers...especially her joke. Infact the first answer I read on everyone's response is "Tell is a joke please" :)

raji said...

Hi Aunty YL ,I enjoyed your interview.I never knew you had a blog!Nice to see you and Nri gal too in the photographs.Now waiting for NRI GAL'S interview.:)

A said...

It is so nice to know more about your mother. Teaching Mathematics in college and raising three children is a great achievement especially all three are God Loving and good persons. Profession comes later. I am so impressed. :)) Hats off to Y.L.

Balachandran V said...

From your interview, I can understand why NRIGirl says you are the 'best-est!' Your wisdom and maturity shines througout. Great to know you, Ma'am!

Rachna said...

Hey, such a wonderful interview and your feelings about your mother are what I share for my mom too, but since she is no more, I can not share those with her. Loved getting to know about your mother and her family. Came to your blog through Bikram's :).

Y L said...

Dear friends!
Thank you all very much for your nice comments.
Dear stranger, the children are not coming here this summer and so we will have to postpone our boat ride together.


hello Aunty ji...
its really nice to know about you and ur Blog(i didn't have idea that u have one)...


Y L said...

Dear Nri Girl, you are a blessing to me and I thank you for your nice introduction.
Dear Jyothi, I consider most of my daughter's friends my daughters and my blessings to you.
Dear lovely pearl. very glad to see you soon. Pl. let me know if you wish me to bring you something from here.
Dear Rachna, sorry about your mother!Life goes on with her blessings.

baili said...

hello Aunty ,glad to find you its always great to meet people who has strong positive personality,kids are always reflections of their parents and you are blessed with amazing one as she is lucky to have you as a mom.
take care god bless

dr.antony said...

Nice to know your mother.Both of you are blessed to have each other in life.

Amma, your daughter is doing wonderful things to be proud of.She knows the art of bringing people together.Isnt it great?

Chitra said...

So sweet! It is a great blessing to have such a wonderful mother.

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