My Mother-in-Law ~ Mi Suegra

by Andrea on May 11, 2013

It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Tomorrow, I’ll write about my own mother, but today I write about my Mexican mother-in-law. Mi suegra.

I am blessed to have a wonderful mother-in-law and I love her very much. She is dear to my heart and the hearts of my children. She is gentle and kind, a gracious woman with a sweet spirit. She is resourceful and generous, in humility always looking to the needs and comfort of others before her own. She loves her grandchildren and  she loves me too. We know it because she shows it.

Here are some things I love about her:

  • She makes the best Mexican rice (and beans!) on the planet. Period.
  • She can take whatever she has on hand in the kitchen, no matter how little, and turn it into a banquet.
  • How she braids my daughters’ hair and the feel of her hands when she braids my hair.
  • That when the kids call her Abuelita (Grandma in Spanish) she doesn’t mind if I call her that too.
  • How she smiles and coos when she holds baby Thalia and how she smiled and cooed at each one of our babies.
  • That she gives her honest opinion but then supports me whole-heartedly, even if I choose differently.
  • Though humility and sweetness are bound up in her small frame, she quietly exemplifies strength and endurance in the trials of life.
  • Her smile.
  • That she dotes on us to wear sweaters when the weather’s chilly and will magically pull out sweaters and pullovers if we didn’t bring any.
  • The same for slippers or socks. Keep those feet warm!
  • How she always makes us feel welcome, even when she’s tired and had a long day.
  • That when we leave she sees us out and never closes her door or leaves the window till she knows everyone’s buckled in and she waves us good-bye.
  • Her hands. They are hard-working but soft. Small but strong. They are the hands of a servant. A servant of the Lord.
Feliz Dia de las Madres, Abuelita. Yo la quiero mucho.

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