Oprah has long said moms have the toughest — and most important — job.
I agree. And try raising three heard-headed kids, work a full-time job, and prepare a home-cooked meal every night complete with dessert.
That’s my mother, Super Mom, who has literally lifted the bar on motherhood so high, none of us have kids of our own. Likely because there’s no way we can be the kind of mom she’s been to us. It’s just not genetically possible!
I often wonder what it takes to be a good mom. Compassion, level-headedness, patience, organizational skills, commitment, and an uncanny ability to convince their kids that a) there is a Santa and b) jumping off the roof with an umbrella isn’t a good idea.
My mom possesses all these qualities and more. She’s a master at multitasking, she’s never late, she’s a phenomenal cook and baker, she remembers everything, and she can laugh — often heartily — at herself. These are qualities I’ve come to appreciate in the people around me. I figure if they’re anything like my mom, they’re worth being around.
To say my mom and I are close would be a gross understatement. We’re not BFFs, the kind of strange relationship often depicted on reality TV. No, we’re definitely mother-daughter, with me often calling her for advice and recipes and she checking in to see if I’m still alive. We watch Korean dramas together and talk incessantly about food. (This is where I get that from!) But despite our often casual relationship, she’s still my mother, someone I respect and listen to and run to for hugs, mostly virtual.
On this Mother’s Day — since I know she reads (and picks out the errors) in my blog — I just wanted to tell her thanks. Thanks for listening to me whine about boyfriends and dead-end jobs, thanks for sharing all your secret recipes and cooking tips, thanks for always laughing at my jokes, thanks for showing me it’s OK to just be me.
Mom, you da bestest. 🙂
Anyone want to give a shout-out to their moms, too? I’d love to read it!