Adapted from something I read online. Many versions of this exist online.
 
童年的时候
 
当你出世的时候,她把你搂在怀里,而你却哭得半死不活。
当你1岁的时候,她喂你并给你洗澡,而你却把她泼得一身是水。
当你2岁的时候,她教你走路,而她唤你的时候你却掉头就跑。
当你3岁的时候,她细心地为你做菜,而你却把她做的菜扔在地上。
当你4岁的时候,她给你买下彩色笔,而你却涂满了墙与饭桌。
当你5岁的时候,她给你买了既漂亮又贵的衣服,而你穿上后却跑到附近的泥坑去玩。
当你6岁的时候,她带你去学校,而作为报答,你在校门口大吵大闹。
当你7岁的时候,她给你买了球,而你却用球砸破邻居的窗户。
当你8岁的时候,她给你买雪糕,而你却弄得满身都是雪糕。
当你9岁的时候,她付了很多钱给你辅导钢琴,而你从来都不练习。
当你10岁的时候,她开车载你到处去,而你关上车门,头也不回就走。
当你11岁的时候,她送你和朋友去电影院,而你要她坐到另一排去。
当你12岁的时候,她告诉你哪些节目不能看,你却等她出门后才看。

少年时期
 
当你13岁的时候,她建议你剪什么发型,而你却说她不懂潮流。
当你14岁的时候,她付了你一个月的露营费,而你一通电话也没打。
当你15岁的时候,她下班回家想拥抱你一下,而你却把门紧紧锁上。
当你16岁的时候,她教你开车,你却整天霸占车子。
当你17岁的时候,她在等着一通重要的电话,而你整个晚上都在煲电话粥。
当你18岁的时候,她为你高中毕业感动流泪,而你跟朋友在外头玩通宵。

成年以后
 
当你19岁的时候,她付了你的大学学费又在第一天送你上学,你却怕被朋友看见会丢脸,要她在离校门很远的地方让你下车。
当你20岁的时候,她问你是否找到心仪的对象,而你却说:“不关你的事。”
当你21岁的时候,她问你将来要做什么,而你却说不要和她一样就对了。
当你22岁的时候,她在大学毕业典礼上拥抱你,你却要她为你的毕业旅行付费。
当你23岁的时候,她给你买家具让你布置你的新家,而你在朋友面前嫌她买的家具很糟糕。
当你24岁的时候,她与你的未婚妻/夫见面,问你们将来有什么打算,你却叫她别问这么多。
当你25岁的时候,她为你的婚礼出钱,你却在婚后搬到九霄云外。
当你30岁的时候,她给你照顾婴儿的小贴示,而你说:“妈,现在时代已不同了。”
当你40岁的时候,她打电话提醒你亲戚的生日快到了,你却告诉她你现在“很忙”。
当你50岁的时候,她常患病,需要你的看护,你反而在读一本关于父母成为孩子累赘的书。
 
终于有一天,她去世了。
 
突然你想起了所有从来没做过的事。
 
让我们花一小会儿时间,对那个叫“妈”的人表示敬意,表达感谢,可能有些人当着面说不出口,但妈妈是不可替代的。珍惜与她在一起的每一时刻吧。虽然有时候,她可能不是我们最好的朋友,可能不同意我们的想法,但妈妈就是妈妈。她始终陪伴你身边,听你的伤心事,听你吹大牛,听你吐苦水。扪心自问,你是否曾经抽出过足够的时间陪伴她,听她讲围着灶台转的“伤心事”,讲她的疲劳。就算你与她意见不一,也要委婉,充满爱心,对她表示出应有的尊敬。一旦她离开了,剩下的就只有过去的美好回忆,还有终生的遗憾。
 
树欲静而风不止,子欲养而亲不在。

Those Childhood Days
 
When you came into the world, she held you in her arms.
You thanked her by weeping your eyes out.
When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.
You thanked her by crying all night long.
When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.
You thanked her by running away when she called.
When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love.
You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor.
When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons.
You thanked her by coloring the dining room table.
When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays.
You thanked her by plopping into the nearest pile of mud.
When you were 6 years old, she walked you to school.
You thanked her by screaming, "I’m not going!
When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball.
You thanked her by throwing it through the next-door-neighbor’s window.
When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream.
You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap.
When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano lessons.
You thanked her by never even bothering to practice.
When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from one birthday party to another.
You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back.
When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the movies.
You thanked her by asking her to sit in a different row.
When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows.
You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.

Those Teenage Years
 
When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was becoming.
You thanked her by telling her she had no taste.
When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp.
You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter.
When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug.
You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked.
When you were 16, she taught you how to drive her car.
You thanked her by taking it every chance you could.
When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.
You thanked her by being on the phone all night.
When you were 18, she cried at your high school graduation.
You thanked her by partying with your friends until dawn.
 
Growing Old and Gray
 
When you were 19, she paid your college tuition, drove you to campus and carried your bags.
You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of your friends.
When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone.
You thanked her by saying, “It’s none of your business.”
When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future.
You thanked her by saying, “I don’t want to be like you.”
When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation.
You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe.
When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment.
You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly.
When you were 24, she met your fiance and asked about your plans for the future.
You thanked her by glaring and growling, “Mother..please!”
When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and
told you how deeply she loved you.
You thanked her by moving halfway across the country.
When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby.
You thanked her by telling her, “Things are different now.”
When you were 40, she called to remind you of a relative’s birthday.
You thanked her by saying you were “really busy right now.”
When you were 50, she often fell ill and needed you to take care of her.
You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children.
 
And then one day she quietly died.
 
And everything you never did came crashing down like thunder.
 
Let us take a moment of the time just to pay tribute and show appreciation to the person called mom though some may not say it openly to their mother. There’s no substitute for her. Cherish every single moment.
 
 Though at times she may not be the best of friends, or may not agree with us, but she is still your mother. She will be there for you…to listen to your woes, your bragging, your frustation etc. Ask yourself if have you put aside enough time for her, to listen to her woes of working in the kitchen or her fatigue? Be tactful, loving and show her due respect though you may have a different view from hers. Once gone, only fond memories of the past and regret will be left.
 
The hand who rocks the cradle rocks the world.