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A woman called mom

March 10, 2019

CARLA BIANCA RAVANES-HIGHAM

“This is the role of the mother. And in that visit I really saw clearly, for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and also cuddles… but because in an interesting and maybe an eerie and other worldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known.” – Maya Angelou, ‘Mom & Me & Mom’

My mother is a character, a walking contradiction. She is both sweet and feisty, headstrong, and the ultimate pusong mamon. She stands her ground and yet easily forgives. My mom has a sharp personality – she is the first person to fight for the underdog and the first one to see through any lies or deception.

Through the years, I have seen my mom carry our family through life’s trials and storms. I have also seen her celebrate our victories – she has her own way of celebrating her children’s victories. She is always honest about anything and anyone and never holds back.

My mom is my first call whenever something good or bad happens. She is the one I share my day’s stories with and the one I vent my frustrations too (mom would always be on her children’s side no matter what). My mom was also the person who cried with me when I got my heart broken for the very first time and the person who stayed up all night making sure my brother and I were comfortable when we got hit by the chickenpox.

My mother is a character, a walking contradiction. She is both sweet and feisty, headstrong, and the ultimate pusong mamon.

Her tough exterior sometimes makes me forget all the wonderful things about her. She is the number one giver of tough love and it is only lately that I have learned to appreciate that more. Despite her toughness, I know that she only does it out of love and I know that I would not be where I am today without. If she chose to parent any other way, my brothers and I will not have the strength to fight for the things we want or go after the life we have dreamed of when we were younger.

It has been said that you only appreciate your parents when you have a life of your own and today, a few days before a milestone birthday, I would like to express my gratitude to my mom who has survived a million and one things and have emerged from it unscathed. Despite what she went through when she was younger, my mom has come out of her own personal storms still a person filled with love and grounded in her faith. A large part of my faith is because of how my mom raised me, she would always be the first person to say that God will never leave His children and that no matter what, His plans are always better.

Today, I appreciate my mom and moms everywhere. It takes a lot to give up your own life to tend to the life of your own children and that is exactly what my mom has done. She turned her back on her own dreams to make sure ours come true. She gave up her own career to make sure that we were ready for ours and most importantly, she was never one who would hold back in taking care of her family.

For as long as I can remember, my mom would be the first one up everyday to make sure that we had food on the table and our things were ready for school and later on, work. She has dedicated her entire life to us and I would like to think that my life would be different if she didn’t do so.

I take this time this Sunday to thank her for all her sacrifices and to celebrate her life, none of her sacrifices went unnoticed and we are all looking forward to this milestone birthday and the many more years to come.

I hope this week’s article inspires you to think of your mother, pick up the phone, and call her because surely mothers are God’s greatest gifts to us.

Happy birthday, Mom! The best is yet to come!

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