Happy Mother’s Day!
Between just having Kai and celebrating Zion’s fifth birthday, you can imagine how I’m feeling the motherhood vibes so much right now. It’s a wonderful thing (though at times sleepless!) that I would never change for the world.
I had a nice chat with my mom, Esther, recently about life. I think, now, more than ever, I understand what she went through when she was raising me. It’s wonderful that I get to have her around a lot with me now that I’m also a mom. Her perspective and help really make this journey easier. Going down memory lane and getting her to recall all these things made us both very emotional!
When we were talking, one thing my mom said really made me smile. “Pinaghirapan nga ako ng daddy mo bago ako nakuha!” she shared. How funny is that considering I did the very same thing with Richard! Like mother, like daughter, I suppose!
I’m well into my twenties now, but it touches me that my mom remembers all the stuff that I used to do when I was younger. She was telling me about a memory she would never forget: of me at ballet class. While all the other girls were poised and ready at the barre, I was running around the studio! She was so scared that the instructor would make me leave the class!
There was also that time as a kid when mom thought I was sleeping and got into her vanity while she was showering. I played with her really expensive perfume and powder, which were gifts from my dad. You can imagine her horror when she got out of the bathroom to discover her daughter covered head-to-toe in white, and 120mL of luxury perfume completely spilled!
Yup, I did a lot of cheeky things as a kid, but Mommy was also quite strict with me growing up! When I was sixteen and fresh out of StarStruck, I had an event to go to. She let me go on the condition that I get home at a certain time. Well, I completely missed curfew, so my tense mom called my driver, drove to where I was, bypassed the guards at the building, and started looking for me at the event. When we finally met, she was so embarrassed to be the strict mom in front of my friends.
It was also very enlightening to hear my mom talk about her childhood. She came from a broken home, and was under the care of her strict aunt for a while before she was shuttled between her mom and her dad. Her experiences when she was younger still makes her cry to this day. She said that if she didn’t become a mom, she would have been a nun, which really surprised me!
As my mom said, being a mother is really hard. You do everything you can to give them the best in life. She worked abroad and endured many lonely days to give us the best, and it’s something I am thankful for every day. I am so very lucky to have my mom.
I’m also really lucky to have another mother figure in Tita Annabelle. She may come off as very strong to many people, but behind all of that, she is a doting lola who has a lot of useful advice. She is the kind of mom who will help me out to try to make things easier, just like she did for helping me plan Zion’s fifth birthday.
If you’re a new momma, seasoned momma, or act as a momma figure to important people in your life, then I wish you a very happy mothers’ day. I hope you know that your love and dedication is a gift to this world and that you are most certainly enough for your kids.
And if you’re someone who’s just passing by, I hope you take the time today to show your love and appreciation to your mom, and to all the mother figures in your life. It’s not easy being a mom. Many times, they will doubt themselves and wonder if what they are doing is right. But more often than not, they will only need to look at their kids to know that all their sacrifices are worth it. I know this in my heart whenever I look at Zion and Kai. It’s always worth it. 🙂