It’s mother’s day today, and while we never celebrate it back home, I feel the need to write a few words for the person I love and admire the most in my life – my mother.
She is my role model, she wasn’t always, but as I grow older, I understand and appreciate her more and more. Unfortunately, we don’t see each other very much, as we live in different countries. And the older she gets, the more worried I feel that we don’t spend as much time together as we should.
My mother is the best person on earth, a very modern and open-minded woman, who’s not perfect, but who has always the best of intentions in heart for her children. She never deprived us of anything, she always put our needs first and she taught me to be independednt, strong, proud of myself, understanding and forgiving.
But next to important values and life lessons, she also taught me a handful of beauty tips that have been with me since my childhood:
Lesson 1 – never comb your hair
As you’ve probably seen, my hair is curly. It’s also long and A LOT.
When I was in elementary school, I had the wildest hair of all the little girls in the classroom. Straight hair was all I wanted to have, so every morning I would take a big brush and try to make them look normal. The result???? No wonder they were calling me the “cloud”. My hair was so short and curly, not in a cool Boney M kind of way, but more like Sheena Queen of the Jungle.
My mother insisted – “Stop combing your hair!! Let it grow naturally”. And that is what I did eventually. And now? This:
Lesson 2 – never pluck your eyebrows too much
At some point in the crazy ’90s, it was in fashion to have small and thin eyebrows, and preferably not too dark. I don’t know about you, but where I come from, TV and magazines were full of women with a couple of hair above her eyes, while strong eyebrows were a nightmare of the 80′s past.
But again, my mom was ahead her (fashion) time. All women in my father’s family have had strong dark eyebrows, even darker than our hair, and this is something I’ve (luckily) inherited.
But I was 16! Everyone was plucking their eyebrows and I had not even started! So, I asked my beloved classmate to do it for me . And my mom went bananas…. Looking at old pictures from those times, I realise it wasn’t such a disaster, but it’s my mom’s technique to exaggerate over everything just to make a point!! So now, after having taken her advice and with a little help from fashion, this is how my eyebrows look:
Lesson 3 – Don’t worry you’re tall, heels, heels heels!
Growing up as a tall girl is not the easiest thing (even being a grown up tall girl is not ideal!). I’ve been 1.75 since I was 14 years old, which means that most girls were shorter than me, most cute boys were also shorter than me, and that was a pity because the remaining tall boys did not really know what to do with their body changing so fast and looked awkard, and of course I would never day a shorter guy! However, my mom always tried to talk me into wearing heels and feel comfortable with myself. It is impressive to see a woman of 1.85cm (that’s me walking in my heels) going down the street, and I know that sometimes I have to live with this, but overall, it makes me confident and a little bit more self-conscious knowing that people’s attention is on me.