“Thank you for believing in me before I believed in myself.” ~ Kobi Yamada

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there! I had intended on getting this post out yesterday, and then… life happens. I ended up having an amazing day with Kaleo, watching Avengers, going for  a walk, and cooking dinner for Annie Pie for Mom’s day. All the moms in my life won’t be surprised that this is late. Heehee. That’s just how I roll sometimes. In fact, my mom hasn’t even received her gift yet, because Fedex won’t guarantee next day delivery to Kona. I know right?? The nerve.

I wanted to take a moment to honor and thank my mom for always being there for me, no matter what phase I was going through. I always danced to the beat of my own drum. Changed my name to Jellybean Purple, wore one pink sock and one purple sock, went through a tomboy phase, a rainbow phase, a spiky hair phase, a Madonna phase, finally embraced my upbringing and went through a major hippie phase, a rocker phase, a protest-everything phase, a forget-the-protests and just love everyone phase, a surfing everyday phase… and that was all before graduating high school. Whew.

Of course it took many years and lots of traveling to finally figure out who I am, and be comfortable with it. I have such wonderful parents that never left my side as I was figuring my shit out. So, from the bottom of my heart, Thank You. I Love you, Mom.

I’d also like to honor my stepmom, Renee. Renee has always been loving, kind, and straight up honest with me, and I love her for it. We have become great friends throughout the years and I’m very grateful.

I feel so blessed to have these women in my life. Kaleo and I were purchasing our mother’s day cards together and had to stop for a moment of gratitude at how many cards we were buying. I said, oh my gosh, babe. We are so lucky that we have so many moms to buy cards for! Mom, Renee, Darla, Nancy, Annie… So awesome.

So in honor of mother’s day, I wanted to post something from a blog I frequent called Positively Positive. It really hit home because my mom and K’s mom, Darla, were recently the caregivers to our sweet grandmothers before they passed. We consider our moms angels with more patience than I can even fathom.

The Found Essay: A Letter From a Mother to a Daughter

“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.
If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago.” Just listen, please.
Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.
When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way. Remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair, and dealing with life’s issues every day.
The day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient, or arrogant.
Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.
And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad—just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love.
I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you, my darling daughter.”

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Here’s to a wonderfully positive and productive week ahead!


Watching: The new season of Mad Men. Hooked!
Reading: 2 translations of the Bhagavad Gita
Eating: Yummy lentils with veggies (recipe below)
Listening to: Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) – Jimi Hendrix
Loving: the weather in So Cal, it’s gorgeous!
Grateful for: yummy vegan dinners with my love

Lentils with veggies (no clever name, because it’s a made up recipe)
Organic lentils, rinsed and cooked (I cook the entire 1lb bag and then use them in different recipes throughout the week.)
Any veggies that are on hand. I usually use carrots, onion, celery, peppers (serano, jalapeno, sweet), etc.
Garlic, chopped
Olive Oil
Spices (whatever suits your taste: Sea salt, pepper, turmeric, coriander, dukkah, etc.)

Heat  olive oil in a pan and add garlic, onion, any any other veggies you are using. Once the veggies are beginning to soften, add spices. Add cooked lentils and drizzle a little olive oil over the top of everything. Cook on low/med while stirring until hot and mixed. Serve while hot.
(I apologize for not being precise with ingredients and measurements. That’s just how I cook… But it’s such a simple recipe that you will find your favorite version, guaranteed.)

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