May 8, 201208:39 AMBay Buzz
Ode to Our Mothers
In our April issue, we divulged nearly 100 tips women should know in order to refer to themselves as true Mobile Bay ladies. You learned how to polish silver, write a proper thank-you note and how to catch a Mobile Bay man. But even with this advice in tow, it takes much more to be a Mobile Bay mom.
In these parts, moms are more like superheroes. They are time-jugglers, top-notch cooks, constant caregivers and business professionals. They are always sophisticated and graceful, but also possess sharp wit and one of those “you’re in big trouble” kind of looks you never want to see. They are the special people who celebrate your accomplishments and love every single gift you give them, no matter how ridiculous it may be, because it’s the thought behind it that really matters. (I was once fascinated with laminating machines and to this day, my mom still cherishes the pieces of neon construction paper I would decorate with markers and laminate for her to keep.)
Growing up in the South, you don’t fully begin to appreciate your mother’s handy work until long after your teenage years. As a child, I viewed my mother as the person who made me sit up straight, matched the color of my frilly fold-over socks with my oversized hair bows and always corrected me when I didn’t say “yes ma’am.”
Now, I realize what these gestures I once thought were silly have in common. My mom was not trying to rain on my parade; she was teaching me the priceless values and lessons she was expected to pass down. She was sharing the sacred secrets behind poise, beauty and etiquette. She was being a true Mobile Bay mom.
Celebrate your mom’s hard work this week! What timeless lesson did she teach you growing up? Share your story with us on Facebook and Twitter. And, for those still shopping for that perfect gift, click here to purchase a copy of Bay Appetit, a compilation of 150+ time-honored recipes from the past 40 years of Mobile Bay Magazine.