A few days ago on Facebook, I asked many of you to tell us your mother's name and what attributes or qualities you got from her . As your responses started coming in, I was inspired and so touched that I decided to devote this blog to your mothers and what you had to say about them.
Happy Mother's Day---to our mothers, the original Wise Latinas.
Aileen Morales: Her name is Cruz and trust me she has beared the cross. I suppose that is why she is who she is. She is loving, strong, and giving. I'm so proud of her. She was a wonderful daughter who cared for her parents, a wonderful wife, and a wonderful grandma and last but not least a wonderful Mom.
I learned so much from her but the thing that I learned most was compassion. I am successful because of her. Love you Mami!
Liz Lebron:I am the proud daughter of Nilda De Jesus, who taught me that no matter what challenges life throws my way, I am enough!
Susie Olmos-Soto: Candelaria- never met a stranger; to smile and be genuine interested in people you meet:). I love my mom. Wish I had her beautiful singing voice!
Maria Gaytan: Maria - I am so proud of my mother, my father was abusive to her mentally and physically, she decided to move on being a single mother of 4, with no income or child support but never complained about it. We grew up poor but lived rich by her love. I LOVE YOU MOM....
Lorena Blanco: My mother's name is Socorro and I have her laugh and smile. I learned from her to be nice to a fault and to help everyone with an open heart.
Casilda Sisi Montanez-Rivera: My mom's name is Margarita and I learned from her to be humble, have patience and look and handle situations in a very diplomatic manner. She always said no matter the situation there are always two sides and everyone interprets them differently.
Concepcion Connie Rodriguez : Doña Julia is my mother's name and I got her Mexican Attitude and I got to perfect her chankla flinging arm to my kids or wuercos as her endearing terms for rugrats!
But I inherited her tools on cooking Mexican and Tex-Mex food and can pray the rosary on account of her... La quiero un chorro! Feliz Dia de Las Madres and us Latinas are especially lucky we get celebrated two days outta the year our American Mother's Day and then our Latino Mother's Day 10 de Mayo!
Anabelle Garay: Aside from being petite, my mom and I are both the positive thinkers in our family. We're both also tender hearted. Her name is Nelsis Montenegro Garay. She lets me call her Nelsis or Mami interchangeably. :)
Barbara Buchanan Smith: Resolve! Elizabeth.
Ana Alicia Perez: My mom is Diana, and she is the strongest, most compassionate person I know. At a young age she talked with me about having good liberal values. And that is what she instilled in me, was "acceptance of everyone."
Beth Villarreal: "Strength" from by beautiful mother, Noemi.
Linda Rangel: Work hard. My mom's name was Carmen Torres Rangel
Coco Peate: I am stubborn from Elena, no doubt :)
Yirssi Elizabeth: Mi madre se llama Rosi, y una de las mejores cualidades q yo he heredado es su fuerza - My mother's name is Rosi, and one of her best qualities that I got from her is her strength.
Joscelyn Ramos Campbell: My Mother's name is Abigail. My mother, the beautiful and humorous red head, from Puerto Rico migrated to New York during her grade school years. Talking Spanish in school was highly discouraged by the educators and the immigrant children were often made fun by their peers.
My mother, with her outgoing personality, was able to overcome those very difficult years in school by learning to read and speak English. Being the middle child, she learned to use her humor to shine in any difficult situation.
She had two deeply loving and devoted Christian parents and two beautiful sisters, who were conquering living in in New York during a time when Puerto Ricans were often discriminated against. Through hard work and determination, my mother became one of the first Latina Senior Advisors for the NY Department of Labor.
She traveled throughout New York speaking in conventions and conferences about fair wages and employment laws for all employees, regardless of race. I hope I learned from her the spirit of determination, spirit of forgiveness, and her ability to give Godly love and counsel.
Byrdie Franco: The best compliment I have ever been given (several times) goes something like "Your mom did a good job (with you)." I can truly say I felt honored the first time I heard that. I actually stopped what I was doing and took a moment to take it in.
I admire her so much, that knowing that I reflect some of her spirit and character meant a lot. She has shown me what unconditional love is and that is what I have for her ♥
Thank you Wise Latinas for sharing!