Sunday, May 14, 2006
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
"The World's Best Mom Award" should definitely go to my mom. She is the most selfless person I know. I have never seen anyone who will ALWAYS wait until everyone else at the table has filled their own plates before reaching for her own food, or someone who will ALWAYS take the smallest piece of meat, or ALWAYS take the broken/ugly/less-than-perfect piece of "whatever", and ALWAYS giving the nicest ones to everyone else. My mother's life could be a movie. She grew up dirt-poor in a small rural-country part of Korea. We often talk about how she grew up, and it seems like a totally unimaginable life to me. Her friends and her would catch bugs and roast them over a fire and eat them like a delicacy! At home she would have to wait until her younger brother ate first, and then once he was finished, she would get the leftovers! She never had a pair of shoes that fit her, as her parents would always buy them way too big, so she could grow into them! Her own mother died when she was really young, so it amazes me that she still learned to be such a good mother. There are millions of stories like this, that I just can't fathom. Then her brave decision to move to Canada, a country completely foreign to her, different language, different foods, different culture, and to do it alone with just one other friend, to work as a nurse here! She got off the plane in the middle of summer in Saskcatchewan wearing a fur coat, because all the pictures she ever saw of Canada were about our snowy, cold, climate!!! Ha ha ha...funny. Anyway, three daughters and five and a half grandchildren later...she has come a long way! She is an amazing cook (just ask her grandchildren...who have offered her their own money for her to make them sushi), an amazing seamstress (I always get compliments when I wear clothing made by my mother, and love to see people's shock when I tell them my mother made it!), an amazing student (going back to University while in her sixties!), and an amazing all-round person! Happy Mothers Day...I'm glad I got to spend the afternoon with you yesterday, even though our visit was short! Love you!