First of all, I would love to greet all of my blogging friends a Happy Mother's Day! To those who are mothers and grandmothers, to those who are not, let me extend my greetings to your mothers and wives. I on the other hand, will greet my mother all the way to heaven. Never was a day that I missed her and even if I am already 30 years old, the last 10 years of my adult life has been quite difficult without a mother to guide me. Although I do know that she lives in my heart and that she did quite a good job in making me ready for the world that she will not be part of anymore.
My mother carrying me when I was three (1993)
Me and my mom don;t have the perfect relationship. Unlike other families where the youngest is always the spoiled one, it's the other way around on my case. We always fight and clash, especially when I was growing up, we always had our differences in ways and ideas and in a lot of other things. But I do know that she loved me so much.
When she was still alive, I thought she was playing favorites, but when she passed away, I thought, maybe not. Maybe she was the kind of mom that is different from us three brothers. She has to be the mom that matches our different personalities. And I think she knows I have a strong personality and at the same time caring, so she had to be the mother that would match those traits.
Through her, I have learned to be strong, independent, and most of all, to be able to carry yourself in a way that would respect others despite the differences. To extend that same respect to every single person I will be crossing paths with and love everybody for who they are.
Question: What is the best lesson you learned from your mother?
Since I cannot greet or embrace my mother anymore, I thought of recording a video as if she can watch and hear it. I know she does. I would love to share that with you. I know most of the speaking parts are in Tagalog, but I sang a beautiful song for her and all of you my dear friends and your mothers. It's a song by Il Divo called "Mama". If you wish to skip my emotional messages, you can go directly to the song at 2:26 mark.