Mami y yo at the Ricky Martin concert last year
The woman I’m going to talk about is my rock. She has always been there for me in good times and in bad. Yes, there have been a handful of times where I didn’t know where to turn to and right when I thought about giving up , she was there. This woman is my mother.
“Solo hay una…” my mother would say. And she’s right. When I was a little girl I found out that my mother was raised by her grandmother, not her biolgocial mother. I know that she always loved her mother. They had a very special bond regardless but my mother’s early years were spent under her grandmothers strict household. Cleaning, cooking, and tending to her younger primos and primas (cousins). When she talks about her childhood, I can only translate it as tough and rough.
“Antes de yo caminar a la escuela, yo tenia que planchar los uniformes, barrer y mapiar.” (Translation: Before I walked to school, I would press our uniforms, sweep and mop.) That must have been so tough as a kid, to have so much responsibility.
Mami Circa 1965
When I begin to reflect on my childhood, my mother would do almost everything in her power to make my brothers and sister happy. Besides taking care of our needs, she let us be children. She cared for us and kept us safe. Mami made sure that we woke up on time, ate every bit of what she made us for breakfast and of course made sure we brushed our teeth. She knew these are essentials in looking your best. Refreshed, bright smiled. Happy and confident.
If it weren’t for her love, guidance and support I wouldn’t be the woman/mother/wife/daughter/sister/friend I am today. Thank you, Mami for being hard on me for all he right reasons.
Moms are amazing! Check out Ondina Lopez in the video below. She is an incredible woman and mother of three Olympic hopefuls! I think she deserved the GOLD!
Proctor & Gamble (P&G) knows that that being a mom is the hardest job in the world and also the best job in the world. 🙂 That’s why Procter & Gamble (P&G) launched their “Thank you, Mom” campaign, which honors everything that mothers do to help their children succeed in life. In honor of the 2012 London Olympic Games, P&G is partnered up with the amazing moms behind the Olympic athletes – one of those moms is Ondina López!
Crest & Oral-B Complete have also partnered with Steven’s mother, Ondina López, to highlight the importance mom’s support can play in an athlete’s success.
Ondina Lopez is the mom of London 2012 Olympic Games hopefuls Steven and Diana Lopez, and is the heart of the “First Family of Taekwondo”. Her children, Steven, Jean, Mark and Diana are at the world elite level in Taekwondo. Ondina has always supported her children in everything they do. Pretty amazing right? I even got to listen in on a very special teleconference where Ondina answered our very own questions.
“As a mother of a little girl, how do you face your fears of your child getting hurt in a sport and just let go?” Ondina responded by saying that you just have to believe everything will turn out fine. That I should let go of my fears and let my child exceed in whatever she loves to do. Which I think is perfect advice and coming from a mom of three Olympian hopefuls, I’ll take it!
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Thank you Mami for being hard on me in all the right ways.