My Mother and Me
by Roeurn Sary
My name is Roeurn Sary. I’m 18 years old. There are five members in my family, my mother, 3 older brothers and me. My father passed away in 2008, the year I started 5th grade. After my father died, my mother had to take care of 3 sons and a daughter, and solve all the problems alone. It’s very difficult for her because she is a widow with very little money.
Sometimes I saw my mother crying alone. I felt sorry for her, but I couldn’t help her. My brothers saw this, too and decided to drop out of school and go to work in Thailand, leaving my mother and me home alone.
My mother has farmland, but can’t do all the work herself. She pays workers to plow, till, sow and harvest the rice. My mother just takes care of the dung. My mother also looks after my uncle's cow. She keeps the baby cow one year and gives my uncle the baby cow the next.
After my father died my family didn’t live together, even on holidays. We were not happy and not at peace. After a year without my father my life was as sad as possible. When 6th grade started I really wanted to quit school so I could work and help my family. But my mother and brothers encouraged me to study. I went to school every day, but I was so sad I didn’t care about school.