The past is remembered. Live in the present. The future is in you.
-Mike Caceres, who is a blogger, hiker, and traveler
To all the mothers out there. In my heart, Mother's Day is every day to me.
Last Sunday, I did not get to see my mom until 8pm.
Because I worked all day.
What did you tell your mom?
Obviously, I greeted her with a hug. Then, I nervously told her, "I love you, Mom.
Why were you nervous?
I am not used to saying, "I love you," to my parents. I show my love to them only through action.
Why so? When my parents were younger, they rarely expressed their feelings towards their parents. (They loved their parents as well.) Thus, it is passed on from generation to generation.
I am the first generation from my family to be born and raised in America. (My parents are from the Philippines. It is mostly from an Asian culture, then.)
This is actually my fault. I started this outcome. How, so?
Importantly, my mom always taught me how to love but I completely ignored it. For example, when I was younger, my mom always gave me a hug before she dropped me off from school. Then she always said, "I love you." Also, my mom always greeted and hugged me every night right before I sleep. Apparently, I always brushed it off. Why, so? I thought it was embarrassing. I was a weird kid.
As I grew older, my mom stopped hugging me. She respected my ignorance. Now, it is tougher to say, "I love you." (I must continue to start it now, before it is too late.)
My mom has taught me many life values:
Nice - Never be mean to somebody, even if you are right.
Patient - She has to deal with the hot heads: Myself and my father. (She is our peacemaker.) No need to rush.
Mannerism - Always greet somebody. When you are given something, always thank them. Always give than receive. Never be a snob.
Respectful - Respect everybody, even if they do not like you. Never hold a grudge on anybody.
Caring - Always comfort somebody in need. For instance, hold your grandpa's hand. Never leave somebody hanging.
Sharing - Always share your food to others. Never waste your food.
Good Listener - Always listen. Never interfere when somebody is talking. Be polite.
Love - Always remember your loved ones. Be grateful to them, especially your mentors.
Although, my mother and I have our disagreements. (Remember, every relationship is not perfect.) Unlike my younger days, I am honest with her now. (I am more open to her as well.)
Without my mom, I would not be the person who I am today obviously. (Without her, I would be the meanest person.) First and foremost, my mom has showed me how having an ego (or being an alpha-male) will not go anywhere in life.
Like my mom, women are the life creators. (Life is precious.)
I love my mom. Words are not enough on how much I love her. You already know. Again, this blog post is not enough on how much I love my mom.
I love you, Mom. (Before I post this blog entry, I just told my mom, "I love you.)
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