My mom is the quintessential mother.
She works hard, she plays hard, she looks beautiful ALL of the time, and she never says “œNo” when anyone in the family needs help. This year mom mother turned 79 years old in April. Take a look at her. Hard to believe, isn’t it:? She is the one who laid the foundation for me and my family. She is the one who inspired me to be interested in food and in cooking. She is the one who inspired me to never be afraid to ask a question. “œIf you want to know something, there will be others in the room that want to know the same thing. ASK!” I have never stopped asking. I have an insatiable appetite for learning, and am fearless in my quest to know and to understand something I don’t know. This was her gift to me.
I once asked my mom, actually several years ago now, “œHow does it feel to grow old?” Her answer surprise me then, but I can completely relate to it now. “œI don’t feel old. I feel about 30 or 35. My body doesn’t look it, but that is how I feel.” And that is how she acts. Nothing can slow her down. Nothing. She and dad have been married 58 plus years, and have a schedule that keeps them fit and healthy mentally and physically.
Above, she is having a ball at Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC beside their bubble gum filled bathtub this March. She literally was like a kid in a candy store. My two adult daughters had a blast with her there.
Below, she is outside of Barkley’s at Harvard this spring. We got her a chair because we had to wait in line for awhile.Â We actually didn’t get it for her. We got it for the 300 pound purse she carries everywhere! Look at her again being the life of the party!
She has a life time devoted to her family and friends, and a lifetime of all aspects of community service, too. Most recently, she was in the McDougall House Fashion Show for the second year in a row: The Spirit of Spring. Here are the three of us after the show: my mom, myself, and my sister.
And, I will not be sharing a recipe today, as it was my day, too! I didn’t work in the house, and though I love to cook, I also love gardening, so we headed to the green houses as we always do on Mother’s Day. Mom got her annual, and so well deserved rose.
And, in closing, here she is, strutting her stuff at the Fashion Show! Whoo-Hoo MOM!
It is our mothers that create our family culture and model for each of us the standard for our own future family. But, my mother will definitely tell you parenting doesn’t stop when one leaves the nest. She is the grandmother of my adult children and still mothers me!
Our mothers are the heartbeat of this great country, and I could not be prouder to say:Â Â Helen is MY mom! XOXO