When I was young and stupid, I disliked my Mama. She was such a pain. She was always on my ass for everything.
Making sure I ate everything off my plate and not wasted a single butil of rice. Making sure that I ate all my lunch food. Scrubbed me raw red with to make sure I was clean as a whistle every single night when I was young. Spanked me with a broom, hanger or whatever else she can find – when I was being a turd.
And oh, I hated how she would always say…
“Haste Makes Waste.”
“Don’t do anything half-baked.”
“Go Clean as you go.”
However, I am so thankful she is the way she is. When you’re young and naive, you don’t know the value of what your mother or your parents teachings – until you become older and understand that everything that they did was mostly for you.
My siblings and I are very fortunate to have a Mama like her. She is a nurse by trade, but never really practiced. I always thought that her life was easy and simple. She was a full-time housewife after all.
One of my fondest memories is waking up to the smell of deliciously cooked champorado all served in individual bowls with our freshly pressed blue and white school uniforms hanging at back of our respective dining chairs in our small matchbox of our 200-300 square foot two story rented apartment in Caloocan city.
Mama had the longest black hair back when she was a young mom, she even wore a small blue dress when she went to the palengke or what we call wet market – in The Philippines. And as time wore on he blue dress and long hair eventually became the same old tattered jeans and short easy to manage hair. I remember when we rode the Tricycle from errands, I can smell the scent of fish and sweat emanating from her skin.
And I loved it.
She was doing everything she can to raise 3 daughters, who will all eventually become Mothers. And a son who is also now a Dad. Mama showed us the best way she can to be the best mother and wife we can be. She is not perfect mind you, and I know that nobody is. But she did the best she could and she still is up to this day.
She still drives all her daughters crazy up until now. Because she is after all a fighter in her own right.
And I sure am glad that she is my Mama.
I LOVE YOU MAMA and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!! I MISS YOU SO MUCH!!! ❤️❤️❤️