Monday, July 25, 2005

Parents

Fortunately, my parents always encouraged me to be grateful that I was healthy, and stand up and be proud and carry myself with dignity. ~ Susan Anton.

Just dropped my parents off at the airport a few minutes ago and I'm missing them horribly already. You see, they live in Nigeria and come here about once a year to check up on their brood. They didn't make it in last year....This is the first time in 2 years that I actually got to spend ALOT of 1:1 time with them.

A whole whopping week, looking ahead, it seemed like an eternity but now it's gone by in a second. Seems like they just flew in a couple of days ago. I didn't miss them alot when they weren't here for 2 years....I got by, I was fine. Now I'm reminded once again of what I'm going to miss.

First of all, my mom's cooking. Now I can throw down in the kitchen with the best of them, but when she gets in the kitchen she lays down the law. I have never been able to make such savory dishes, delicious courses that she just cooks up in minutes with no cookbook or recipe. If I could cook like my mom, I'd be set for life!

Second, as interfering and as nosy as they can be, I will miss the advice. It's sound advice, as much as I don't want to take it...after all, they have been through most life experiences and have learned the hard way alot of the lessons they just pass on to me. Now if only I could apply the lessons...but NOooooo! I must go my own hardheaded way.

Third, the stories. I come from a family of storytellers and I managed to retain the art. My dad must have told 743 different tales, anecdotes, jokes, stories while he was here and in each one I learned alot more of my background and heritage. I was surprised that he has so many stories that I haven't even heard yet! We had built-in entertainment.

Ok, enough listing. Just savoring the memories till next year.

5 comments:

Isabel said...

Mom's cooking is always the best.

I love reading your blogs by the way.

Sylvia from the JGBB

Justice said...

Parents are great, especially as we get older. I lost my mom 10 years ago, but luckily still have my dad. I see him twice a year (if I'm lucky) and find that the older he gets (and I get) the more I appreciate every moment with him.

princessdominique said...

Sounds like you had a fun time with them. It's great to enjoy your family that way.

Steph said...

Awww, nice post. It's nice to get visit's from your parents. Especially when they are there to see JUST YOU and not the other siblings. ;-)

NML said...

That sounds like fun. I'm lucky that my mum lives in Dublin (just under an hours flight from London), my dad lives about a 3 hour train journey from London, but my step dad lives in China (or it could be Vietnam at the mo) and I haven't seen him in over a year. I hear the advice like you do, I just don't listen to it that often. We end up making our own mistakes so that when we have kids, we can give them life lessons that they will pay no attention to either!