this sunday is mother's day. every year around this time, i think a lot about motherhood and my own mother's journey. there is so much that i could write about my mother. for this post, i will try to remain concise and focused. my parents met when my father was in the army and stationed in okinawa, japan. after getting married, my father plopped my mother down into country living in birmingham, alabama. imagine a japanese woman living in rural alabama. now imagine going from a mostly fish, vegetable and rice diet to biscuits, ham hocks and fried everything. talk about a culture shock! add to all of that a mixed race marriage and, needless to say, she stuck out pretty profoundly. she faced much prejudice and was forced to quickly "americanize" herself. pride in your ethnicity was not in vogue in 1960's america. the closer to apple pie you got, the better.
after their short stint in alabama, my parents moved to southern california where they have lived ever since. now that i'm a mom and a grown woman, i think back often on those first years and the years that followed. i think of my mom struggling with these heavy issues and raising two daughters essentially on her own. somehow she found the strength, somehow she pushed through, and somehow my sister and i turned out alright. i don't say it enough, but thank you mom. i love you.
happy mother's day to all the beautiful moms out there and to all those who are honoring a mom!
we don't have any elaborate plans for this weekend...just some quality time with family which is exactly what i like. maybe a massage for me, mani/pedi session with some beautiful women, and dinner at our house. have a great weekend everyone! are you honoring a mother this weekend? aren't women in general remarkable? do you or your mom have a remarkable tale of strength?
ps~still my favorite photo of my mom on my wedding day.