Two Great Women

This is my MIL, Rosalina (sounds like my name). We call her Mama. A native of Marikina, a retired teacher and was a good cook. It is sad that she can’t cook anymore because she is diabetic and bed ridden for months now. How we miss her Everlasting and Pickles. I must admit, even how hard I tried to imitate her cooking of these two Marikina delicacies, the taste of mine can’t even get close to hers. I wonder what her secret is.

She’s not a showy person. You will never know if she likes what you do or not. In fact I don’t remember a dish I cooked that she praised even how delicious it was. She is also known as strict by her siblings, nieces and nephews. But despite all of these, I love her. We don’t see each other that often but when we do, we talk almost about everything. She loves telling stories and though most of them are “tsismis”, I patiently listen. I like it more that way, she does the talking and I do the listening because she’s a negative person. Most of the time she misinterprets what people around her are saying and I am afraid to be misinterpreted.

We are not that close but she is good to me that’s why I cried when Rhonnel told me that she is starting to show signs of senility. Poor Mama, she’s only 64 but can’t enjoy every minute with her grandchildren because of her condition.

This is my mother, Nilda, also my best friend, a daughter of Pasay City. We call her Nanay while her grandchildren call her Mommy Lola. She’s not a professional neither a good cook but for us, she is the best mother. Until now she is the one washing the clothes of my youngest brother who is now 25 years old because for her, he is still her baby. That is how caring she is.

She is the one who inspired me to be a full-time Mom. I want to give RJ all the love and care that our Mom gave us. I still remember the nights when we were sick, she sat up all night, while repeatedly saying, “It’s OK baby, Mommy’s here” and when I have sibling who kept on crying and did not stop, she was worried and walked around the house all night. She taught us how to tie shoelaces before we started school, read bedtime stories over and over again to make us fall asleep, sat down with us and explained all about the things around us, cooked our favorite foods, cut our hair and nails every week, make dozens of cookies for school teas, and make all our costumes for school programs.

Even now that we have our own families, she’s always there for us. She’s just a text away when we need her. When I was rushed to the hospital, she stayed with us for three days, did the laundry, cooked and took care of RJ. She’s helping us raising our children and always reminding us to be strong, brave and honest.

Mama and Nanay, though this tribute is not enough to show how much we thank both of you, you always deserve it. Thank you for always being there no matter what. May our Good Lord bless you with longer lives. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

And to all my friends and Mommies in blogosphere, Happy Mother’s Day! Motherhood may be the most difficult but it is also the most fulfilling profession so cheers to us!

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  1. Happy Mother's Day, Mommy Rossel! And happy mother's day too to your mom and your mom in law! God bless! 🙂

  2. sad to hear about your MIL, hope she gets well soon.

    just like your MIl, my MIL is a diabetic too. She's now constantly taking medications.

    Happy Mothers Day.. mwah 🙂

    **btw, am a follower of ur blog now and grabbed ur badge 🙂

  3. Sel, our mother are the same..both cooks well, still very willing to learn and her her kids and loves her gkids more than us.

    It is just sad that due to our parents age, they get sick easily. Thank for the meds tat help them feel well.

    Anyway, happy Mother's Day to you dear :-)!

  4. Walang best cook sa mga mothers ko, 3 sila walang masarap magluto, hehehehe!

    sorry to hear about your MIL, but you seem to get along well with her,kaya alam ko malungkot ka na bedridden na siya. Anuman ang mangyari alam nyang masaya kayong pamilya sa buhay nyo, at mapapanatag siya sa kanyang patutunguhan.

    and regarding your own mommy, wow..nilalabhan pa rin ang damit ng brother mo? iba talaga ang mother noh? kugn pwedeng lahat ng anak eh gawing baby, ibang iba ang ugali sa mga nanay dito sa US. I am glad my mom is with us. di ko man siya bff, kasi medyo di siya makaintindi kapag pangit ang news, negative agad, but she knows i love her.

    Happy Mother's Day sa yo Rossel and to your mothers too.

  5. aww… ate rossel… ka sad naman po ang nangyari sa MIL mo… but kahit na strict sya and all, you still get along well, so it means magaling ka makisama… hirap kaya pakisamahan ng mga MIL na strikta! haha!!! and ganun nga po ano? mga nanay natin, parang di talaga natin kayang talunin.. they're just super!!!

  6. cute naman tawag ni RJ mo sa mom mo sis..mommy mom don't want to be called lola, mama lang daw kaya hayun nagiging mommy tawag sa akin:)

    Sorry to hear about your MIL…it makes me remember my MIL, hope I will have more time to spend with her …

  7. sorry to hear about your MIL. and your mom is a wonderful lady na hanggang ngayon ay masipag pa sa house.

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