Today is the birthday of my darling Mommy Martini!
Mama and Papa Martini
She’s one of the best mothers in the entire world, and I’m not saying that as a biased only-child. It’s actually a compliment I receive from people ALL the time, which makes me very proud. Here’s a top 10 list of things I love about Mommy Martini:
10. She’s super fashionable! She gets stopped and complemented all the time when we’re out in public on all her great little ensembles.
9. She’s just plain fun to be with. Excluding Mr. Wonderful and my Maid of Honor Roey, she’s absolutely my best friend. Sometimes Mr. Wonderful and I have more fun going out with my parents than we do our friends! She’s so hip and vibrant, and is a great drinkin’ buddy 😉
8. She’s never met a stranger. Everyone that meets her instantly warms to her, and everyone that knows her. It’s so funny to see how excited people get to see her when I’m in town visiting… Everyone from her close girlfriends, to the lady who owns the dry cleaner, to all her “cute little salesgirls” (Mama Martini frequents MANY a department store in Dallas), run to her immediately for a big hug whenever they see her.
7. She’s an amazing cook! I was always a picky eater growing up, so am now appreciating her culinary talents. She’ll whip up a fabulous 5 course meal on a whim, and hosts the most amazing holiday dinners a family could ask for. I mean, who else would serve a 4 course meal including braised jalapeño-stuffed whole pears and turducken for a Thanksgiving of 3 people, and then cooks an entirely separate menu for her (darling) vegetarian daughter?!? She couldn’t be happier to do it too, which is even more amazing.
6. I’ve almost never heard her complain. Ever. She always has nothing but the most optimistic outlook on life, from moving states after 35 years to be closer to my dad’s new job (“I can have a pool!”), moving to Singapore for the summer (“think of the shopping and the food!”) to being diagnosed with breast cancer (“It’s just a lump, and if it gets really bad than I’ll just get new ones!”). Her glass-half-full outlook is really infectious, and makes you appreciate life that much more.
5. She’s seriously a little clairvoyant, which is awesome and creepy at the same time. Strange things will happen all the time with us, like she’s reading my mind. Examples include calling her randomly for a recipe I’m suddenly craving, only to find out she’s cooking that exact recipe (this happens a LOT, and she has a serious repertoire of recipes to choose from). She also knows exactly when I’m going to call her at any random moment- she’ll just pick up her cell phone and have it in her hand about 5 seconds before it starts ringing.
4. She’s an awesome wife. My parents have been married over 35 years, and started dating in middle school! They still act like newlyweds to this day, are so affectionate and into each other. She is always doing sweet things for my dad, like going to lunch with him every day during work or making him fun surprise dinners (you can tell by this point that a LOT of my family life revolves around food!)
3. She’s a great role model. She’s gone back to school 3 different times since she had me – once for a masters in Interior Design and Architecture, once to a local community college for fun art classes, and now she’s taking calligraphy classes at a local university to start her own calligraphy business in Dallas (not to mention doing all my wedding invitations for free, natch!)
2. She’s a total Renaissance woman. In her lifetime, she’s been a sculpture major, a Master Gardener, a stay-at-home-mom, the best school volunteer anyone could ask for, a home designer, a drummer, a chef, a party planner, an interior decorator… I could seriously go on. People are always coming to her for advice on any random topic under the sun, because she’s either already done it, or has been dying to try it out. She’s like a hip Martha Stewart (without the prison record).
1. She’s always supported me, no matter what. She let me go away to college (probably not so easy for the stay-at-home mom of an only child), move to England, cut off all my hair, switch my major, change careers… Any silly stumbles or mistakes I’ve made, she’s been there to console me and support me. When I told her I wanted to move to NYC to start over, even though I had just finally “settled” my life with a new house and a promising lifelong career, her response was “Sounds good! Let’s make it a road trip!”. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Here’s to you, Mama Martini!