They always say a picture is worth a thousand words… On this very special Mother’s Day, I found two timeless representations of beauty. If these images could speak they would tell two very different stories of a lifetime of struggle and triumph, devotion and dedication, self sacrifice and benevolence, persistence and perseverance, and unconditional love and undying care, but most of all it will reveal the quintessential components of motherhood.
I grew up in the small Chinatown apartment in the heart of New York City. Together, my older sister and I were raised by my parents and grandparents. With a close knit family, it was truly unique to experiences all the joys of having 3 generations under one roof. With this family dynamic I was nourished with the kind of love that could only be created by two very importantly different women. Their attributes, personalities, nature and unreserved affection nurtured me into who I am today. Together they made me strong, flexible, tough, and sensitive.
Their history of struggle, together with their relentless positive outlook, fostered my deep appreciation for hard working mothers to be and diligent mothers that are. Their stories are forever encapsulated in their experiences and their values are forever manifested in me. When you look into the eyes of these picture, you will see and feel an endless permutation of love. These two women I call Mom and Nge Nge (人人).
To my mom and to my Nge Nge, Thank You. To all the caring, compassionate, and kind motherly figures, who shaped my life, Thank You.