I miss her. I miss her SO much, but I still consider myself lucky.
The relationship between a mother and daughter isn't always easy. Moms sometimes have a "my way or the highway" policy, which sounds a lot like the "because I said so" rule. Mom and I didn't always get along, but in recent years I finally became adult enough to get over my issues [don't get me started on why she didn't let me play volleyball], and instead sought a relationship with her that I'd be proud of. Last year, I spent an entire month traveling with my mom. Being one of six kids, this is a real luxury. I felt like her "bunso" (youngest child) again, though our conversations felt more like those between sisters. I heard stories about her life - as a child, a young mother, a teacher, and wife "“ uncensored. I'll always treasure that month, and while she is no longer with me, I'm comforted knowing we were on good terms. Not everyone is as lucky. Resentment, bitterness, disagreements can sometimes create the widest distance between a mother and daughter or any two people really. Today, I hope you feel only love and warmth in the relationships you value most.
By the way, in about 3 hours, lululemon Studio City will be holding their free yoga class. If you're in the area and into health and wellness, you should go. Even if you've never done yoga, it'll be a great way to spend your Sunday. Plus they'll be dedicating the class to my wonderful mom and collecting donations to #bringmomhome.
If you want to take this fundraiser off the interwebs and into the real world, feel free to do so. Bake sale? 10K? Lemonade stand? Mother's Day parties? I'm sure you have a ton of ideas!
In just 5 days, you've already raised $45,000! Amazing! Please help us reach our next milestone of $50k.
Mom and me in our motherland - 1/2013