As I sit down to write my mom a card for Mother's Day I am reflecting on all that she has taught me. Here are some things that come to mind in no particular order:
1. Family is everything
has always been there for me and raised us to do the same. Just about
every decision she has made was based on what would be best for the
family. Her loyalty to family- both near and far is gigantic.
2. Life is for the living
mom has certainly had her share of tragedy and hardship. My sister
died when she was only 20 and ten years later my mom became a widow to
the love of her life. She could have become a sad lonely widow and no
one would have judged her. But she has always said "Life is for the
living." While she always remembers and honors loved ones who have gone
before us, she wakes up ready to make every day count.
3. If you lose something, pray to St. Anthony
mom's faith is very deep and very strong. From childhood whenever I
lost something her response would always be did you pray to St.
Anthony? He always helps me. Now I find myself giving the same advice
to my own children.
4. Usually when people are mean it is out of jealousy
one took some time to make sense. When I was growing up and my mom
said this I really did not believe but now that I see similar events
through adults eyes I see she was right. It has helped me not to take
hurt personally because usually when someone is being mean it is their
own issue, not mine.
5. When you are cooking, the most important ingredient is love.
of my students told about the traditional way to make tamales. It is
not just the ingredients but she said everyone needs to gather together
with love. She said the one time they were arguing when they made them
they did not turn out. I believe this. Because sometimes I will make
something with my mom's recipe and it just doesn't taste the same.
There is something about the love she puts into it that always makes it
6. Laughter can see you through almost every single situation.
mom tells the best stories and many are to retell a funny teaching
story. Many dinners were highlighted with one of her funny and
loved-filled stories. She taught me empathy and love and a love of
storytelling with every story that she told.
is a lot more I can say I learned from my mom but this is a good start
for now. Because if I wait any longer Mother's Day will be over!