Mother’s Day is just around the corner so I’ve asked author Marie Claire Lim Moore of one of my favorite memoirs of all time: Don’t Forget the Soap what her most memorable Mother’s Day celebration with her mom is. I know that Mother’s Day is something that is celebrated annually and it’s not as huge and grand as Valentine’s Day or Christmas and New Year celebrations. This is why I feel like it’s so easy to overlook or take for granted something as important an occasion as this one. Also, maybe a part of me was curious how it is to celebrate the occasion with one’s mom.
And so, without further ado, I give you Ms. Claire … may this post remind you of your own most memorable Mother’s Day celebration. ❤
The most memorable Mother’s Day with my mother would have to be the spring of 1999.
I was exactly a year out of college, living and working in New York City. I remember feeling a sense of pride that I could finally treat my mother (and father) to a fancy Manhattan brunch. Of course, my mother said it wasn’t necessary and we could eat at the house but I insisted as I had been excited to take my parents out and give something back to them. It was just one lunch, I know, but it felt more symbolic than anything else.
I chose Cafe de Paris on 49th Street and Second Avenue. It was a quaint French bistro with outdoor seating, which was brilliant as the weather had just reached that perfect pocket between spring and summer. This meal turned out to be one of those that lasted for hours and went from late morning to early evening. The bread baskets and mimosas just kept on coming long after the Parisien Eggs Benedict were done. Plus, I could talk to my parents about anything and everything so there was no reason to move. Just as I was getting ready to order the check, my mother and I both noticed something had fallen from above. We were seated next to one another and when we looked over at each other we burst out laughing. Both of us had been hit by bird droppings!
“I am so sorry, Madame and Mademoiselle,” the server came over to help clean up, “but many people the world over believe this is good omen.” He looked at us intently and continued, “I have a feeling you are two very lucky people.”
He wasn’t kidding.
About the Book
Don’t Forget the Soap is a collection of anecdotes: stories from the tight-knit Filipino community in Vancouver mix with memories of her move to New York, experiences at Yale and travels as a young executive. Underlying this narrative is the story of a global citizen who does not want to forget the fundamental values that come along with the “immigrant experience” as she and her husband raise their children in the increasingly glitzy expat bubble of Singapore. Her parents continue to remain a big influence in her life and her mother’s reminders a grounding force.
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Marie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos and Isabel, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia. She enjoys juggling career and family and likes to throw in community and politics for fun by campaigning for US political candidates, fundraising for organizations that advance the role of women in business and promoting foreign direct investment in the Philippines. She is also a guest contributor at Sassy Mama Singapore.
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