I’ve come to understand the reasons behind my mom’s nagging, and without knowing it, I’ve incorporated many of her 大道理 into my life.
What did you learn from your mother about being Taiwanese? (妳從妳母親那兒學到甚麼是一個台灣人?)
She’s taught me that being Taiwanese is about actively pursuing and learning about my culture. She’s encouraged me to read the Chinese newspaper, taken me to Taiwanese plays and operas, and of course, cooked me tons of delicious traditional Taiwanese food. I definitely appreciate how she has emphasized the importance of becoming knowledgeable about my roots and to not just
passively dismiss my identity as Taiwanese.
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?)
Treasure every moment with family! Since a couple of years ago, my mom has gone back to Taiwan 2-3 times a year just to be with my aging grandma. When she’s back in Taiwan, she accompanies my grandma to physical therapy, helps with repairs and renovations in my grandma’s apartment, and takes time to just sit and listen to my grandmother. She’s the kind of daughter after which I want to model myself.
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?)
I’ve come to understand the reasons behind my mom’s nagging, and without knowing it, I’ve incorporated many of her 大道理 into my life. Nowadays, I feel that I can tell my mom anything, and I call her almost everyday. I share the stories that are going on in my life with her, and she tells me the latest scandalous (not really) family news or the interesting things she’s heard from her friends. Yeah, my mom’s pretty cool.
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?)
Mom, you are amazing! Thank you so much for everything you have done for me–for sacrificing your time and energy in caring for me. I love you very, very much and I’m glad that we can gossip and laugh over the silliest things.