I’m still a bit hung over with Mother’s Day. After all, one day isn’t enough to celebrate the small and oftentimes mundane victories that we moms face on a daily basis. This year I honored my mom by sharing our mom-daughter story. I believe you really don’t have to be literally a mom to celebrate Mom’s Day. You don’t even have to be a parent–as long as you’ve got that motherly ways then Mom’s Day is also for you!
Being raised by a wonderful woman I called my mom has helped me grow as the person I am today. And because I still want to celebrate moms even if it’s two weeks after Mother’s Day, here’s a post dedicated to all the Moms, Nanay, Mama, Inay, Mommy and Mumshies out there.
10 reasons why moms are the best:
She’s a champion weightlifter
For nine months, she carried me in her womb, through each growing month and every uncomfortable position.
She’s the best lost and found
I’m a pretty organized person, but she always seems to know where to find everything—food, my phone, even that missing partner of my favorite pair of socks
She knows what I need—before I even know I need them!
Before I leave for one of my travels, she checks if my medicine kit is still stocked with the basics like Biogesic, Alaxan, and Enervon.
She’s my voice of reason
My mother is the best sounding board for a lot of my major life decisions, offering great advice while always keeping my best interests at heart.
She makes sure I’m getting my nutrients right
As a kid, I remember taking Appebon as a food supplement. Even now, she makes sure that I drink my vitamins on a daily basis
She’s a great cook
She can replicate my requests, bringing new twists to much loved dishes, and fill my stomach up to my heart’s content.
She’s fun to be with
Her brand of humor is a different league of its own. You’ve probably heard the phrase “Dad Jokes”, but her Mom Jokes are always on-point.
She motivates me to be the best version of myself
Pushing me to reach for my dreams, she reminds me to pause once in a while and reflect so I won’t burn out. She reminds me to take Enervon so I would have the energy to tackle all the challenges that come my way.
She’s my number one fan!
She has a list of my achievements that she can rattle off from the top of her head, all the while with a proud smile on her face.
She taught me valuable life lessons
To respect people regardless of stature, to listen to the advice of people who have experienced life more than I do, to stand up for what I believe in as long as I know I’m doing things right.
But even mothers need to rest. Whenever my mom is sick, my dad steps in and takes care of her and us kids. He may be a bit clumsy at household chores, but he does his best to make sure that we are well-taken care of.
Recently, Unilab has released a video that felt very familiar to the times when my mom is out of the house and my dad is left in charge of us. The video, interestingly called “Good Dad”, shows how a dad takes up the roles of housekeeper and homemaker, which are roles that usually fall to the mother’s supervision. With the question, “Anong meron at nagkakaganyan si Daddy?” (“What is happening and Daddy is like this?”), we are taken right into the day of an out-of-sorts dad helped along by Unilab.
Not only does this video bring back memories of when I was child, this also reminds me of my husband, Mr. JG. He’s always there to support me and have always got my back especially when I am sick and the kids needed to be taken care of. Like the dad in the video, he too sometimes struggle to get things going in our home whenever I’m down with flu or fever. But at the end of the day, he still gets things done. Some people ask how I do it–juggle homemaking, motherhood, blogging and everything else in between and I always say that I have a very hands on husband to get me through.
The video shows how much each parent’s role is important in the household. And it also highlights the importance of health of all Filipinos–how we have to take care of each individual. Not just the kids nor the parents and even our house helpers too! It has to be everyone. For each person is part of a family somewhere, and investing on one’s welfare also translates to investing on the welfare of our country as a whole.
I was smiling from ear to ear from the beginning until the end of the video. So on point! Have you ever experienced the same in your family? 🙂 Again, to all the moms and mom-figures all over the world, Belated Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂