I feel blessed to have great mothers in my family. They took good care of me growing up and their amazing qualities inspire me to be a better mom to my children.
My mom is a survivor. She immigrated to the United States at 16, got a college degree, found a job at a telephone company, moved 180 miles away to Upstate New York after she married my dad, found friends, learned how to drive, stayed home to raise 4 children. She did all this, cooked thousands of meals and always looked pretty.
My grandmother is clean and neat, and always helping. She takes cleaning very seriously, using certain cloths to wipe certain things and washing vegetables at least 3 times. I think she is this way because she grew up in a poor village in China where there was no running water. Things had to be kept clean to keep people healthy. My grandmother even taught my daughters how to wipe their mouths to remove the most amount of grease and food. She has a heart of a servant and is always looking to help. When I also lived in Chinatown, she would cook me dinner, pack me lunches, buy my favorite fruits, and even tried to find me a boyfriend when I was single.
My aunt has never-ending kindness and patience. She always made sure my cousins, siblings and I had everything we needed from sneakers to snow pants, to mending a hole in our pajamas. She always remembers our very favorite foods. At family gatherings, we will eat her amazing cream puffs, chocolate-covered pretzels, pizza bread, and her famous chocolate cake she only makes for Christmas. Whenever we lose something, no matter how big or small, she would look until it was found. I once lost an earring back and she found it in between the couch cushions. Every year she always gives me a birthday present, and I’m 39!
This year, one of our Mother’s Day celebrations was dinner in the city at a French Bistro.
I over-committed the weekend not realizing it was Mother’s Day. It was a very busy weekend, but we got through it!
My brother just came back from the Kentucky Derby so he bought the girls magic sets from the airport. This kept them entertained for a while, practicing the trick, then performing them on everyone.
I had escargot for appetizer and Baby patiently used the clamp and small fork to get each snail out. She was so proud of herself!
I hope you all had great Mother’s Day celebrations.
The Dumpling Mama xo