happy mother’s day!

My mom just recently sent me these photos taken in Romania in 1983 when I turned one. Isn’t my mom just beautiful? With us are my maternal grandparents (my only grandparents still alive today), who we’re going to see in just a few months. I cannot wait for them to meet my daughter, their great granddaughter.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms reading this today! I wish you a beautiful day full of love and celebration!

And to my mom, happy Mother’s Day, la multi ani! Here are ten things about my mom that made me oh so happy as a child:

1. She cuddled with me every night and let me sleep in her bed until I was seven years old (yes, that old!)
2. I thought she was the most stylish woman I’d ever known (she was and still is)
3. She baked amazing desserts, multiples when it was my birthday
4. She took me to school with her when she was a Chemistry teacher back in Romania and it made me feel very important
5. She had (has) the best smile
6. She was a great dancer (as was my dad) and I loved watching her dance when my parents would throw parties and let me stay up late with their friends
7. She always asked me about my day after I’d come home from school and then really listen
8. She always taught me to say what’s on my mind as long as I said it politely
9. She always encouraged me to be independent and self-suffiecent
10. She (and my dad) always taught me to be inquisitive, curious, and to ask questions about the world around me. While my dad would have liked to see that translated into a career in the sciences (hint: he’s in the sciences), my mom understood how important it was for me to pursue something I loved (literature, languages) despite questionable employment opportunities afterwards. Thank you, mom, for always having my back on that. Thank you for allowing me to dream and to follow those dreams.

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10 Responses to happy mother’s day!

  1. Jax and Puzzle says:

    What a beautiful account of your mother – she sounds wonderful. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom, S!

  2. Susan says:

    Oh my goodness, baby C. so looks like baby you! (Especially in that first picture.) Also, you dad (assuming that’s your dad in the first pic?) has an epic ‘stache! These pictures and this post are pretty wonderful.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Susan says:

    Regarding your dad and his ‘stache: I meant the second pic… the first pic that he’s in. Whoops.

  4. Neda says:

    Hey. Something funny happened when I opened your post. I clicked on the reader and immediately forgot whose post did I open. I looked at the pictures and thought – this looks so much like Bulgaria – the chair (same at home), the glass door, the picture frame, and the overall outlook of the people. Then, I realised it’s you I’m reading and it must be Romania. How nice there is so much similarity….
    Lovely post.

  5. Ola says:

    Wonderful pictures!!! And words. I wish my baby would say something like that one day. You have two different dresses in these pictures, were you a fashionista or did you have cake on this white crochet dress?
    It’s Romania, it’s Bulgaria, and it’s Poland, too. I have similar pictures from my 1st birthday in Poland in 1979 (the glass door is just the same with this now unique pattern ;) ). Even my mother’s brother, my uncle, resembles your dad a bit, same moustache and haircut, and my aunt has a similar leather skirt. Brown.
    Happy mother’s day to you, too!

  6. Nadine says:

    Wow, what a STRONG family resemblance over 3 generations! :)

  7. ileana says:

    tis is the most beautiful mother’s day present I have ever received-you just made me cry.thank you and happy first mother day to you too, my favorite daughter!

  8. Simply Bike says:

    Haha, Eastern Europeans are all interchangeable in a way, aren’t they? I do love that :) Happy Mother’s Day!


    PS: My dad’s stache was pretty rad! And I think the last photo (with a different dress) was taken on a different occasion, I only had the one white birthday dress as far as I know. Although on second thought, my parents seem to be wearing the same outfit in all the photos, so maybe I did get a wardrobe change. We’ll have to ask my mom.

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  10. monika says:

    What a lovely tribute. I could tell the photos were taken in Europe even before i read the post, there is just something about photos from Europe from way back.

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