I was invited to a special Mother’s Day movie screening at Greenbelt 3 by Ceelin. The movie we were watching was The Big Wedding, starring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Hiegl, etc.
Anyhow, I was seated shortly after I arrived at the theater. Some movie trailers played out. However, after the trailers, instead of The Big Wedding, I saw Jasmine Curtis Smith on the screen. She was talking about her mother.
It was a Mother’s Day surprise from Ceelin. The event could not have been more appropriate because when I was a little girl, my mom gave me Ceelin too. In fact, my own children take Ceelin. Of course, all the moms in the audience were very touched by the presentation. The movie screening came after.
When I was in gradeschool, my mom was always the one who would drive my sister and I to and from school, much like what I’m doing now to my own children now. Everyday I balance my time between my children, my work, my blog, and all the other things I have to do to run the household like pay bills, go grocery shopping, etc. It’s never easy because I hardly have me time. My day starts at 6am and ends way past midnight when there are classes. My mom had a lot on her plate when we were growing up too. To top it off, she had to contend with other problems which I am fortunate enough not to be burdened with. She has always led by example in teaching us how to be strong and how to be able to stand up for ourselves.
It was never an easy life for my mom. Being a Filipina in the 70’s, marrying into a Chinese family was not easy. She experienced discrimination. She was whisked off to a world where she did not understand the language, but she learned. She couldn’t stand the thought of not knowing what everyone else was saying and so despite not having any Chinese background whatsoever she ended up being able to understand Hokkien and even speak Hokkien, the dialect that is used by Chinese here in the Philippines. But that is just a small part of what she had to go through. Now that I have a family of my own, I understand her more than ever. If there is one thing she imparted to us, it’s strength. Even through my turbulent growing up years (I think I was one of the very few kids in my school, a Chinese school for that matter, whose parents had separated. It was pretty taboo back then), I never once contemplated drugs, suicide, running away, and whatnot. Never. I had a one track mind which told me to finish school, go to a prestigious university, and make something of myself. This inner strength… it’s definitely something that I got from my mom. Just as my mom had taught us to be strong, I’d like to see my kids go out there in the future and conquer life’s challenges in the best way they can.
As a mom, I make it a point to be there for my children. Family should always come first. Whatever I do, I always check first if it will affect my family. Take blogging for example. I admit that when you’re where I am, a lot of opportunities present themselves. Something I always tell my blogger friends is that blogging is really more suited for single people who have more freedom to do things. Whenever something comes my way, I always have to make sure it does not coincide with anything that concerns my family (school, family business, activities, etc.). More than just myself, I always have to put my hubby and kids in the equation. I am first and foremost a mom to children who need me.
Anyhow, I was able to catch Jasmine and her mom outside the movie theater before I left. Jasmine is a very friendly girl who immediately and smilingly obliged when I asked if I could take their photo.
What have you learned from your mother? Do share. 🙂
With that, I would like to greet you all a Happy Mother’s Day!
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