14 May 2012, by Mandy Loh
In a good way, of course!
I celebrated Mother’s Day for the first time yesterday! (Yep, I missed it last year by a lousy month…I mean, I was technically a mom, but not quite, because the bun was still in the oven) Anyway, I’m really glad to be able to celebrate it this year, by spending lots of quality time with family. I do hope all moms and moms-to-be out there had a great day too!
By the way, did you know how Mother’s Day originated? Here’s some interesting trivia to share, as published by the Washington Post:
The driving force behind Mother’s Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She finally succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as ‘Mother’s Day’.
But Anna Jarvis eventually came to resent the commercialization of the holiday – so much so that she campaigned for its abolition – to no avail. She is said to have complained that she wanted it to be “a day of sentiment, not profit,” but it instead had become a bonanza for greeting cards which she saw as “a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write.”
Although it’s kinda sad that Mother’s Day has become so commercialised, I still like the fact that a day is set aside for loved ones to appreciate mothers in simple and heartfelt ways. There’s really no need for flowers or gifts, and personally, I was just happy to enjoy TLC from Tim and Cristan, especially because my love language is quality time.
So how did we celebrate? Rather simply, actually. We just went out for lots of meals over the weekend, so I got a nice, long break from cooking! *YEAH!*
Cristan gave me a pretty cool gift. He suddenly became much more smiley, laughing lots these past 3 days. It’s so pleasant to see the transformation from his previous deadpan emotionless face, and I certainly hope it’ll last!
We also had an extended family dinner yesterday evening with my parents, so it was a gathering of “3 moms and 1 grandma” (quoting my dad, who isn’t exactly inaccurate as my mom IS a mom as well as a grandma!)
One more for the family album:
Yesterday also allowed me reflect a little bit on what being a mom means to me. I’ve always loved children, and simply put, becoming a mom has fulfilled me (corny as it may sound). It has enabled me to experience a depth of love that I had never known. Parenthood is definitely one of the most significant life experiences anyone can have, and I am thankful everyday for my cute little blessing that I can cuddle, love and shower with kisses!