I can only hope I can be as good a mother as my mother is to us.
What is the most important thing you have learned from your mother? (妳從母親／女兒學到的最重要的是甚麼?)
The most important thing I have learned from my mother is to have what she calls “氣質,” which means elegance or class. My mother definitely has this. She doesn’t dress flashy or cover herself with designer labels, but she always makes sure she appears neat and well put-together before she goes out. She never chatters or speak impulsively, and she never loses control of her laughter or her posture, like I sometimes do. And even though I make quite a lot of mistakes, she is patient and never rubs it in my face, and this is another important part of having “氣質.” This is something I have started to learn from my mother, and though I’m no expert yet, it is something I hope to be able to have one day.
Tell us about how your mother inspires you. (妳的母親／女兒如何激勵妳?)
My mother is an inspiring woman because of the endless ways she loves and cares for our family. Every morning, she wakes up with my father, and as he’s getting ready for work, she’s downstairs preparing his breakfast. As my father’s working, my mother is also doing work at home, until my little sister comes back from school. My sister is involved with many activities outside of school, and my mother is always there with her for each one of those activities. In addition to my sister, she also constantly thinks about my little brother and me. We’re both in college, so my mother sends many emails to us throughout the week, asking us how we’re doing and updating us on what’s going on at home. When I have a problem, she gives me advice, or words of encouragement. I often get surprise care packages from my mom, usually consisting of new clothes and vitamins. Every Sunday night, the whole family Skypes for an hour, and as we’re about to sign off, my mom always tells us she loves us. I realize how lucky I am to have a mother like my mother, which is why I decided to submit her name to the project, so I can show that I recognize the hard work she puts into keeping the family happy and close together. I can only hope I can be as good a mother as my mother is to us.