Monkey mother and baby

These annual holidays reminds me that another year has passed by. Today, on May 12, 2013, we honor the mothers and their influence in the family and society. Even if it’s just a holiday some random person made up to make money for hallmark cards, or flower shops, this special day is an important one, in thanking what our own mothers have done for us and appreciating all mothers’ accomplishments.

Since my life has been influenced and guided by two important mother figures (biological mother in China and adoptive mother in the U.S), personally I value the importance of Mother’s day more than Father’s day (but that’s just my own bias). Although we often say, feel, and know that we’re thankful for  our mother, no matter how involved they are with our lives or what our relationships we have with them, I feel that I’ll only truly understand it when I become a mother myself in the the future. How does it feel like to have another living human inside your body for nine months? The hardships and sacrifices begin even before we’re born. A mother’s love for her child is unconditional; thinking and doing for what’s in the best interest and giving it all for her children.

We celebrated today by eating in a dim sum restaurant that had an one hour waiting line when we went for lunch. Money money money for restaurant owners! We also decided to stop by Good Will to see if we’ll find any treasures there. As usual, I picked up a few brand name clothing for 75% off what it would have cost from the retail store. (thrift stores will be a whole new post).

Usually I take the easy way out and buy a gift for my mom: a dress, perfume, skincare set, wallet, electric tooth brush, but I learned from experience that she doesn’t end up using them for reason that I can only guess. So I’m taking the other route from now on of “making” something special. This year’s schedule was tight since I moved back from college a few days ago and I wanted to collaborate with my brother as well. We woke up in the morning to walk to the grocery store to buy some strawberries and bags of chocolate. We’re in business! It didn’t go exactly as planned, since the white chocolate failed to melt into the desired consistency but we made the best out of it! Not only was the process a bonding experience for us but mom was shocked and surprised and happy and grateful and speechless. Again, little gesture and efforts can mean so much in brightening up someone else’s day.

Today’s a celebration of all mothers for what you’ve done for us. We can’t thank you enough for all your hardships and sacrifices. Happy mother’s day to all the mothers out there, wherever you may be. Know that you’re appreciated and loved and all of love is reciprocated.


“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” ~Erich Fromm