The biggest gift my mother gave me is to know how to be independent. She always threw me in a situation where I needed to figure things out and move on. Mother always empowered me and reminded me that I am capable: I can do anything. And I do it well. I may be even the best of all. Ego? Naaa. She taught me to trust myself of doing anything and I do it well and I may be the best of all so I was able to be independent. Always.
In Seoul, My mother used to send me off to a public bath house just myself with a bag of shampoo, conditioner, soap and a towel . I was 6 years old. She gave me something like $7.00 then so I could pay the entrance fee and also buy a cold milk if feel hungry or get tired during my weekly visit to the bath house. Of course it was much safer then than now for a kid to walk around and do things, but this was kind of thing that most of other moms would not do even then. I was already independent. I was already doing things. Growing up as a little kid, I never had someone come to pick me up when there was an unexpected heavy rain. No umbrella. I knew we were poor and my mother always worked. So I learnt to deal with things. I walked home. Rain would dry. I was more looking forward to a warm bath after I got home rather than worried about the rain.
Careless mom? Naaaa. I always knew my mother trusted me. She trusted me about my career path. She trusted me about Emiliano. She trusted me that I could figure things out. Right there, that empowered me to carry my life on and now, I am a 38 year old woman and a mom who is confident and independent and yes I know how to figure things out and I do it well.
Mom, you should be proud of yourself! Look how you raised me! You taught me and showed me the most priceless quality that I could have ever asked, and I have it in me, Mom. That is Independence. Like I know you will survive in a middle of desert left alone, I will too, Mom.
I’ll figure it out. I love you mom. Happy Mother’s day to you..!!!!!!!
1977, When I was 5 years old. Walking into the Kindergarten birthday party. I was bit shy. Mom So Stylish!!
Mom, Dad and Brother. Mom looking amazing here.
Early morning of my wedding day. 1999, Italy
A moment with mom, Emi and Me. Before the wedding dinner.