How to sing? How to cook? How to crack lame jokes? It’s almost impossible to pick just one, but a valuable lesson I learned from my mother is to be understanding. I like that I get along well with others, and that would not be possible without listening to and understanding the people I interact with. My mom builds lasting relationships with the people in her life by understanding their differences, and not being quick to judge. That has definitely been the key for me as well.
As time has gone on, how has your relationship with your mother changed? (隨著年歲的增長，妳們母女關係有怎麼樣的變化?)
As a kid, I took my mom for granted. Each day, she would braid my hair differently, cook three delicious meals, and sit next to me at the piano for hours. I never took the time to thank her for the things she did, nor did I realize I had anything to be thankful for. When she finally came back after moving out for a couple of years, I made sure I made the most of my second chance with her. Even though I am now busy with law school, we still talk almost every day. We can talk for hours about anything, everything, or nothing at all. But at the end of every phone call, I make sure to tell her, “I love you, mommy.”
What is one thing that you would like your mother to know? (有那件事是妳希望讓妳的母親／女兒知道的?)
I love her more than words can express. I always hear she’s everyone’s favorite Chinese school teacher, everyone’s favorite chef, everyone’s favorite singer. But I’m fortunate to call her mine. She inspires me every day to be the best and happiest version of myself. I’m thankful for everything she is and does, and someday, I hope to be half the woman she is.