Living in Brazil I am enjoying the culture, commenting on the differences, celebrating local expressions and inviting others to enjoy all Brazil has to offer.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Mothers Day rules
Mothers Day in Brazil has a force all its own. In a culture where family is almost everything – mothers are really almost everything. Time stops for Mothers Day.
That’s a good thing.
The everyday emotional connection you can see everywhere between a mother and daughter – or son – on the street is heart warming (not to mention with grandchildren). Listening to adult children speak lovingly and reverently to their mothers (by phone or in person) – every day, frequently – is both strange to my American ear and charming.
It is so NOT unusual to overhear a phone conversation between a 45(ish) year old man and his mother: “Mom – where are you? How was your day? The kids and I will visit tomorrow. Do you need anything? Kisses, goodbye.” So sweet, but frankly – it is foreign to me.
But it inspires me.
My mother-in-law loves both Luiz and I and we reach out to remind her how much we love her. The dynamic can be, at times, challenging. But here on Mothers Day I want to embrace all I can gain from the very powerful family connection found here in Brazil that I did not experience so much in the US (while certainly loving my mom back home!!)
UPDATE: Luiz and I spoke with my mom in Florida. She is thriving. And we hosted lunch for Zozó: chicken empadão a francesa, arroz branco e salada. For dessert I made a pineapple upside down cake.
We arrived in Brazil in January, 2008 to start up a new chapter in our life together. Luiz has returned to his hometown and I've jumped into the deep end of the pool ready for anything. Let the fun begin!