One of the most important things I learned from my mom ever since I was little was INTEGRITY. She always exerted effort to make sure she was truthful and credible, and that her name was respectable. She was, still is, also one who could be trusted with certain information. I remember we were together on a trip when I was a teenager, she told me a sad secret about a friend of ours. It wasn’t gossip because I knew she cared about them and she was trying to teach me something. I guess I got from her the same value for trust and keeping one’s word (as much as I possibly can; I’m not perfect) because to this day, I still keep that secret. I don’t even know if I’ve mentioned it to King.

My mom is simple and somewhat low-maintenance. I love that about her. I am the same way though I think I may even be more low maintenance haha, and proud of it.

She’s not the type who needs to stay at a 5-star hotel when we travel. She likes to splurge sometimes, but she’s very sensible about her finances. I wish I had her incredible business sense, weighing the value and the cost. I only see things as cheap or expensive haha, and I almost always want to go the cheap route. She is extremely intelligent too even at her age of 63, though she eats too much pork — memory gap hahaha.

When I was a child, I didn’t get elaborate birthday gifts, fashionable clothes or cutesie patootsie stuff, but she and my dad took us places. I may have felt deprived of the cool toys and clothes, but we were never deprived of fun family trips. I will always be grateful for that.

My mom is so different from me in terms of motherhood, but I think she’s a pretty cool mom, a really cool mother-in-law, and a really really cool grandmother! She gives us advice but doesn’t overstep her boundaries. She respects King’s leadership over our family even though we live in one house (when she is in town, that is). She is so generous to us (and other people), but she doesn’t lord it over us. She’s very independent and quite modern. She doesn’t have that mind set of wanting her children to pay her back for all that she’s done or to support her financially (though of course that is what we want to do for her one day), but she wants to continue being a blessing and help to her children.

My mom may not be a picture of a typical mother, but she is the best mom to me and my brother.

Happy mothers’ day, mom! What I teach the girls I learned from you, so thank you. And I want to be like you when I become a mother-in-law and grandmother. I love you! 🙂

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