A Letter to Mom

Anit Hora

Posted on May 07 2018

My mother, like millions of other mothers out there, is superhuman. I’m not sure how she did it. Three children, a full-time job, and a very “traditional” old-world household where despite working 7 days a week, the cooking and cleaning and taking care of us three fell mostly to her. It was just what was expected and somehow she managed it all. Don’t get me wrong, we kids had our share of chores and dad pitched in here and there, but without question, our house ran on her grit, her grace and her love. She was the foundation, the roof and the heart of our family.
And like most moms, her beauty advice always included the usual: stay out of the sun, don’t wear too much make up, make sure you wash your face before bed, wear sunscreen, natural remedies are the best in the long run, take care of your body as this affects your skin and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I remember watching my mom steam her face on Sunday’s to clear her pores and give her skin a rosy glow- I even reluctantly joined her sometimes. Today, steaming is an integral part of my own skincare routine- because as annoying as it is- moms really do know what’s best.
But the best advice my mother gave me about beauty wasn’t very technical at all. It wasn’t about any magic ingredient or treatment. It was to tell me that my beauty was my own and could not be defined by anyone else. It was to embrace whatever “flaws” I perceived because they were what made me uniquely me.
My mom taught me that beauty was to be enjoyed and taken care of because to take care of yourself was having gratitude for your blessings, nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t about having perfectly symmetrical features or the perfect pore-less face, it was about being happy and balanced in life.
Thanks, Mom. I love you.