Five Qualities I Appreciate in My Mother

  • Her ability to be calm no matter the circumstance. I grew up in a home of raging wolves. Let’s be honest, three self-assured Leos and one intense Scorpio can be overwhelming to have in any conversation and situation. However, at the end of the day, when my mom, an Aquarius, starts to speak, we all quiet down to hear her take. My mom calms storms and I appreciate that about her.
  • She taught me the value of rest. While my dad was the wake up at 5 am and go until sundown example, my mom was the work hard and then get some rest example. I am starting to realize I am more like her in the need and quest to get the rest I need so I can do the work I want to do and do it well. The clamor from the world that successful people are awake before 4a and will rest when they die is also a recipe for dying young. Why do that, when I can work hard, and live long to enjoy the fruits of my labor? No matter what time I wake up, which is usually between 3a — 6a or on weird days 8a, I am committed to rest.
  • She is my favorite cook. Eat at my mother’s table, and you will lick both your fingers and plate and because that would not be enough, you lose all decorum and drink whatever is left in the pot sitting on the stove. My mom can cook
  • She always asks for what she wants and needs. My mom would be heard and she does not have to yell. She always opens her mouth to ask for what she needs.
  • Lastly, I appreciate my mother’s consistency and tenacity. When it comes to my siblings and I, my mom is as stubborn as a mule. She is devoted to any course of action that means we have better than she did or does even, and especially when faced with opposition. She does not give up. She pushes, she pulls, she fights and she wins.



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AdeOla Crystiana Fadumiye

AdeOla Crystiana Fadumiye

Writer + Editor. Musings on Faith, Feminism & Entrepreneurship | My life’s broken pieces sprinkled w/ silver lining perspectives @