The Real DIY Queens: Our Mothers
These last few weeks of staying indoors, due to the very popular coronavirus, I have spent a lot of time delving into cliche hobbies such as cooking. Yes, I did bake bread and it did happen more than once. Trends are trends for a reason right? I did, however, have to re-attempt recipes for the sake of anyone eating them.
From not adding the right spices to using the wrong flour, I had more than one mishap in the kitchen and realized how difficult it actually is to make delicious food. I watched as my mom took my failed kitchen adventures and turned them into pretty great meals and desserts. Good thing she was there for damage control. Phew!
My mom took those little experiments and waved her magic wand full of culinary experience and transformed them. All of this while using only what we have at home. You know…because of the whole “STAY AT HOME” situation.
Apart from the kitchen, I have seen this with simple things like my mom fixing a broken necklace with an unused chain or using jewels from old jewelry to decorate candles. Even home remedies like gargling salt water or turmeric lattes are huge do-it-yourself moments for mothers.
Isn’t that basically what DIY is? Creating something special or useful on your own, in an affordable and efficient way. Moms really figured that out pretty nonchalantly by basically just being moms and being there when we need them. Like when I over-salted a dessert?! I promise you my baking tastes great most of the time, but now you understand what my mother was working with.
This is a time when we have to recognize what we do have, as frustrating as the current circumstances are. Instead of thinking of all the things we are missing out on and can’t do, we should start making plans for what we can do and what comes after. Looking forward. For me, this means I get to become a kitchen connoisseur (totally kidding). But all jokes aside, it means I can use the extra time to paint and craft and take-in all the hobbies that used to always fall way down on the list of priorities.
Our moms have been showing us the ropes of how to use what we’ve been given in the best ways possible. Now is our test of really letting that sink in and applying it at a time we need to the most.
P.S. Thank you Mom!