Late 70s, my mom & her mom. She died before I could meet her but I'm told I share her mom's love of horror films.
And my lifelong Prince and Michael Jackson obsession- She Get it From Her Mama! Blame her, everyone stuck in one of my eternal MJ or Prince debates and listening marathons. Those two along with Motown and Disco were the soundtrack of my childhood.
Mom's mysterious, it seems like once-a-year I get a new revelation from her colorful past; filled with enough tragedy, romance, and colorful Mexican tradition to make a wildly entertaining novel. "They made tortillas all day long, all of them fat, none of them very pretty," she recounts, brutally frank as always, one of her many visits to Mexico. She says it and I'm there with her, picking cactus fruit to cook with eggs for breakfast. This year I hope she'll disclose more as we support each other to build a stable, creative future.
I love you mom, thank you for a childhood filled with thrifting, gardening and making. There were ample cartoons and goofy antics. (Stand-out memories: bringing snow down from Mt. Vesuvius to throw at the neighbors, dressing our cat in baby doll pajamas, driving down the side of an active volcano with a snowman on the car hood- all mom's ideas.) You never discouraged me from being the weird, nerdy person I am. Instead, fostering fierce independence and an emphasis on intelligence and education. I was urged from a young age to break unfortunate Hispanic "traditions", like depending on a man or getting pregnant young. (Never! I'm also the first-known female in my family to live alone.) We've inherited some bad habits, too, like our Crippling Self Critique, but there's time to shatter that standard, too. Let's hit it, mom. Pop in the Prince and Diana Ross, let's do what we always do: Make Shit Happen!
What lessons did you learn from your mom? Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there, you're more important than you know. I'm impressed with everything you do, and I'm sure I'm not the only one that learned lessons on frugality and thriftiness from mom!