This post is lovingly dedicated to all the moms of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I could still remember the first time I watched a film inside a moviehouse (well, probably my first memory of being in such a place). Disney’s The Little Mermaid was re-released in theaters, and my mommy said that we could go and see it. Who would not want to see a singing mermaid have legs and marry a prince? My sister and I were just suckers for happy endings. And well, yes, it’s not everyday that we get to go to the cinemas.
I was in high spirits from the time Mommy told us of our movie plans. We kept a countdown to the big day (…isang tulog na lang!…); I thought of my mom to be super cool.
Finally, the long wait was over for me and my sister. We dressed up and had our hair fixed by the househelp. I was in a super good mood. Not only because we were going out, but because I had a super cool mommy.
To my horror, I saw her making hotdog sandwiches.
Cutting the bun. Lathering the mayo. Sliding the hotdog in. Squirting ketchup all over. Wrapping it in a sandwich bag.
We were bringing home-made food inside the moviehouse. We weren’t going to buy from the snackbars. She even had the water jugs prepared.
We looked like school kids, and not movie-goers. I thought it was embarassing.
Okay. I thought it was so uncool of her to do that.
I got pissed and threw a fit.
Don’t tell me you never had “that” moment when you just felt embarrassed because of your mom? I have a handful of stories to share, but to write about each would eat a lot of time.
“I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.”
— Mitch Albom (For One More Day)
Have you ever heard of the “Momisms”? These are the lifelong lines our mothers used to tell us (more like, still telling us). The topnotcher in my list is this epic reminder:
“Just you wait until you have kids of your own – then you’ll understand.”
True enough, we will never know how it feels to be a mother unless we become one. We will never understand the worries, pains and concerns mothers have unless we take part of the lives they live.
I was thinking of buying a Hallmark card earlier this afternoon, but I thought of writing instead. Honestly, no amount of words could ever be used to express the gratitude a child feels for her mother. Even the most expensive greeting card could not sum up what the thankful heart has to say.
A Jewish proverb says that since God cannot be everywhere, He made mothers; just like Him, a mother carries with her the bottomless well of patience, forgiveness, understanding, compassion, faith and most of all, LOVE.
Call her by any name of endearment, she is one person who would always find the good in you everyday, even when no one else can.
Happy mothers’ day to all the mommies out there! 🙂
You may not get to hold my hand forever, but my heart is yours to keep. Happy mothers’ day! I love you! 😀
There’s nothing like a mama-hug. ~Terri Guillemets Photo of “Mommy Moment” by Santino del Castillo.