Tomorrow’s Mother’s Day! Yesterday, I was asking my mamang if I can possibly learn how to be a mother. I mean, yeah, I can probably make a baby but being a real mother, I think, is different. Knowing myself, I wonder if I can be a great one. Whenever I see my friends with their babies, I feel like I want to have my own now. Haha. But seriously, just holding a baby scares me. I’m clumsy and careless sometimes. She said maternal instincts come out naturally when you already have your own child. I’m a grown-up now (kinda.haha) and thinking how my mamang does as a mother leaves me in complete awe.
Here are some of her qualities and skills I want to have.
1. Her ability to do many things. My mother is a stay-at-home mom but she can be a teacher, chef, nurse, seamstress and anything you can think of as long as it is needed at home. She can even do them simultaneously. My multi-tasking skills are only limited to singing while playing guitar. So, she totally rocks!
2. Her punctuality. It’s really hard to wake up in the morning to go to school or work but everytime I get up, she is already done preparing breakfast.
3. Her resourcefulness and her problem-solving skills. She’ll always find a way.
4. Her (intuition) and compassion. I’m not the type of daughter who tells her mother everything but surprisingly, she feels it when I’m going through something and she knows how to comfort me.
5. Her commitment. She knew what she signed up for and she’s still doing her responsibilities as a wife and a mother for forty years.
6. Her patience. She can handle living with a spoiled brat (me) and an aging stubborn husband (papang).
7. Her courage and strength. Not only she endured the pain of labor and delivery three times, she also faced a lot of challenges and struggles as she raised us and overcome them. My mother was not a single mom but my father used to work overseas when we were kids so it was still difficult for her.
8. Her selflessness. If there’s a whole chicken on the table, I’d make sure I get my favorite part ahead of my sister. But my mother, she’s satisfied with just a lot of rice and just a small amount of viand as long as everyone’s happy. I cannot count the times she sacrificed something for me and my siblings.
I’m not accurate with the number 8 on this post but that’s because I have a great mom. I’m sure there are still a lot of admirable skills and traits every mother has and I hope I’ll have them someday. 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mothers out there! 🙂