Writen by Ronald Recio
Mother. Mama. First Teacher. Inspiration. Old Lady. Inay. Ina. Mudra. Mudrabelles. Mudrakels. Inangshiwa. Whatever you wish to call this person, the essence stays the same. A popular English saying is that it takes the whole village to raise a child. True, we all owe our upbringing to our parents and other significant individuals (and events) which shaped us. Today, we turn the spotlight to our mothers.
I introduce to you F/P Leticia Recio-McFadin of Philippine Airlines. Difficult it may be given the situation in which we were then, her being both a single parent and a flight attendant, she was able to form me into the person I am today. She made tremendous sacrifices such as flying back to back long haul flights thus missing much of my formative years but she was able to balance it out with her limited days off and endless chatting.
Growing up, I always remembered my mom frequently reminding me to focus on working hard, studying what interests you and giving prime importance on creating and maintaining relationships with people. She also imparted on my her humor and wit with which has extremely helped me both in my personal life and professional life. She always gave me the freedom from choosing what I wanted – from my college course to my professional choices even to my religious beliefs. Never did I ever feel that she didn’t believe in my abilities as a person nor did I feel that she didn’t trust my choices.
My fondest childhood memory of her was when she would come home after her month – long Europe basing flights. Inversely, some of my painful memories growing up were that of her departing for these month long Europe flights. She did what she had to do. She knew it was hard but it was what the situation required. I never harbored any ill feelings for her about these bided trips as early on, she made it a point to explain it to me that she needed to take these flights for future use. However, in all of my milestones growing up, she was present – from my first speech, first baby steps up until my Master’s Degree graduation.
I owe all my academic, professional and spiritual success to this great woman.
Happy Mother’s Day Ma,
I love you!