For all those times she stood by you, for all those time she kissed your boo boos, For all your secrets she never never brought to light, you seriously need to make these ridiculously easy Mother’s Day breakfast and brunch recipes. By the way, I see you love to make fancy but effortless food, so here’s more.
(Pause tape and go grab the Kleenex…)
Two Ingredient Air Fryer Jerk Wings Recipe.
Did you see what I did? I paraphrased the mega famous love ballad “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. There’s method behind the maleness. If you have been hanging with me for the last 10 years, you know I am Jamaican. One thing about Jamaicans, Caribbean nationals, Africans, American South, Latin Americans and Filipinos have in common? The love of love and country ballads. If they can be belted, we love them. And we love Celine Dion. So if your Mama is from any of these places, she loves Celine Dion. Guaranteed.
My insanely popular Crustless Calaloo Quiche Recipe
So much so, that having a playlist of these songs on while you serve her in bed for breakfast or around the table for brunch, is probably a really grand idea. Walking in with these dishes, while this song is playing or leading her to the brunch table with all these dishes gathered will bring her to choking happy tears. Trust me. Every Mama needs to feel the tears of appreciation at least once in their lives. No matter what, they did the best they knew and if you ever saw how wide a cervix had to dilate to expel your big head and shoulders, you would buy every single Celine Dion album that ever existed!
Mother’s Day and Motherhood and all that jazz
I know that Motherhood is complex. Dammit women are complex. I am one and I have every license to own it. Not all mothers are equal. We have all had different kinds of mothers. But what I want to do here is to make this a little bit more simple foreveryone of us, even those who have complex relationships with their Mamas. Many have been hurt deeply by mothers and it is HARD. Boundaries have had to be created out of necessity, etc, however, after the dust settles, and the anger gets to a dull grey, the need for honoring the position of mother is still important.
My Quick, Easy and Delicious Calalloo Recipe
No matter how bad she was, she did the best she could have. The best she knew. The best she could muster. It may not have been enough for you. But it was all she had available at the time. If she could have accessed better, she would have been better. So, in essence, she gave you her best in the moment. That realization comes from a place of compassion. It allows us, not to sweep stuff under the carpet, but to approach them with the serenity that comes with acceptance. Your mama is who she is. But she is still your Mama. And that is still a position of honour. So find a way to say Thank You to your Mama this Mother’s Day.
My succulent Jamaican Roast Fish Recipe
And those you describe as Mama may be different. She may the the one who birthed you. The one who adopted you. The one who raised you. The one who nurtured you spiritually. She may even be you, having had to learn to mother yourself in the absence of a mother. To nurture you and be kind to you and support you. To be your own safe space. But we are all here because a woman allowed herself to be a vessel. That woman, we also honour today, dead or alive.
So if we start to process these deep feelings about Motherhood and our relationships with our mothers, Mother’s Day, will begin to lose it’s sting and become a day all of us can celebrate in a way that feels authentic to us. Whether it is Celine Dion on full blast with a lavish in-person brunch that lasts all day, or simply a meal drop off for a relationship that requires boundaries, or a feast in memory of one gone too soon, gathering together and sharing stories in person or online, there is a way for all of us to celebrate this Mother’s Day.
For those of us who are divorced moms or single moms with young children on Mother’s Day without a partner to do something in honour of your hard sacrifice, let’s pause to honour ourselves. Let us find ways to celebrate our own motherhood with our young children so that they can see that even if there isn’t a Papa to honour Mama, Mama honours herself and that paves the way for them to honour us as they grow.
We all have the gift of life having been birthed by one, and nurtured by many. So, Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms.