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If you happened to be cruising the Walgreens on Third Street in San Rafael, California a few days ago (among all the places in the world!) and saw a teary lady standing by the Hallmark Mother’s Day cards…yes, that was me, in all my sniffly glory, LOL!
Oh, didn’t you know? I cry in all public places now, and I’m especially susceptible to it when a holiday like Mother’s Day is involved, because I get all the feels, man!
I was there picking out a Mother’s Day Hallmark card for my mom, and as I stood there looking through the cards and reading them, I started thinking about my baby girl standing there in an aisle someday looking at Mother’s Day cards for me… Next thing you know, the tears are pooling up, and I’m on the next nonstop train to Emo Station.
That’s one thing having a baby has done (other than make me cry at the drop of a hat in public spaces). I have a whole new appreciation for my mom and how strong she’s always been.
She was born in a village in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. with my dad in the ’70s. She was in her mid-20s at the time, and I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been to move halfway around the world to a place where she didn’t have any family or friends, and where the customs and culture were so different from where she came from.
This was when keeping in touch with people was much harder than it is now. You couldn’t just jump online to find the answer to any question, or Skype your family when you felt homesick, or wanted advice on babies, or job searching, or fitting in.
When I think about how it must’ve been to live and work here and raise two kids without help from any family, while also holding down a full-time job, it hits me — really hits me — how hard it must’ve been, and just how strong she is.
But yet, whenever my mom came home from work, even when she was tired after a long day, she was usually in a good mood and happy to see me and my brother, which brings me to another thing that I think of when I picture my mom — kindness.
She’s always there when I need a caring word, or a little bit of sympathy, or some encouragement. She has a sweet and tender nature about her, and she’s always there with a hug if you need it.
And even though I joke with her sometimes about how she loves to pinch pennies (she’s a retired accountant, after all!), I have to give my mom mega props for being so darned practical when it comes to finance-related things, especially when it comes to planning for the future. It’s one of her many superhero talents!
Just one example: my mom wanted me to go to college, and she didn’t want me to worry about having to take out loans or be in debt after I finished, so she planned and saved enough money while I was growing up to put me through school. My education is a gift from her that I don’t ever take for granted.
What can I say? My mom is pretty darned amazing when I think about it. 🙂 She’s like my angel, which is why I picked out this particular Mother’s Day card for her while I was at Walgreens the other day.
It’s from the Hallmark Signature line, Hallmark’s line of handmade cards. I like to think of the them as the cards with the fun extras, because they’ll often have little charms or baubles on them that the recipient can remove and keep. Like a gift that keeps on giving!
The Mother’s Day cards I looked through had a bunch of sweet keepsakes. One card had a necklace, another had a butterfly garland, and another had a knitted coffee cozy with a heart on it (which I kinda sorta wanted for myself, not gonna lie!).
So many of them were cute and touching, so it took me a while to decide on *the one*.
Ultimately, I ended up getting this card with angel wings on it because my mom is like my angel. Plus, she recently told me that, when I was a baby, she used to say that I was playing with angels when I smiled in my sleep.
If you’re still looking for a card for Mom, these have their own section in the Hallmark area at Walgreens. You can’t miss ’em.
And to all the moms out there…you are amazing. Happy Mother’s Day to you!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,