Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mothers Day

Charcoal Grilled Oysters from The Waiting Room, Portland, Oregon

Happy Mothers Day! It's been a nostalgic day for me because my mom is back home in Arkansas, and I had so many thoughts of her today. She left Vietnam with the 5 of us kids and our dad so long ago, and she's never been back. We arrived in the United States with nothing, and she went to work in a factory Monday through Friday 7 am - 3:30 everyday. But she had dinner for the seven of us every night at 5:30 or 6:00 or so. Some of us kids would help, but mostly me, the baby of the family...

My dad worked long, hard hours too. Swing shift sometimes. Night shift sometimes. But most nights, it was the seven of us Nguyens together sharing food and stories about our day around the same table.

So now that I'm far away, every holiday, every birthday, when I call, they tell me the same thing. They ate really good today. And that means it was a great day. Mom asked if the kids cooked for me today, and I laughed. No, but I had some of the best oysters I've ever had in my life. And she knew that it was a great day for me. She was happy to hear that.

Deviled Eggs from The Waiting Room Brunch
Last summer we had the chance to go home to Little Rock to visit our family and friends. My mother in law had stage four cancer, and we spent as much time as we could with her. She made the best deviled eggs ever. I miss her so much.

It was also such a nice surprise to receive the complimentary Mothers Day Prosecco from The Waiting Room during our brunch today! My daughter Gianna loved our deviled eggs. I did too. We ate there on her birthday two weeks ago, and we knew this was where we wanted to spend my Mothers Day brunch. It's a great place for a special occasion or an "eat like a local" kind of place.

Then we also received a complimentary Mothers Day dessert! I don't often eat desserts, so my ten year old quickly grabbed it and dug in. I should have told our server that. I was very thankful for these Mothers Day gifts, though because my kids also had a chance to enjoy one of the gifts! And they're the ones who make this day so wonderful every year.

I'm so glad we ate at The Waiting Room today for Mothers Day. I know we'll eat again there soon.

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