From Texas With Love


Saturday April 1, 2017


Mother’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate the joys of having a Mother. There is simply no way we can ever really thank our Mother for all that she has done for us. She is the one who bears our pain that we experience, the one who wakes up early in the morning to make sure there’s breakfast on the table, the one who kisses away our wounds , our troubles, and all perceivable dangers – just to name a few. Everyday should be Mother’s Day for everyday that we live is a life given by our Mother.

I lost my beloved Mother in 2006. Since then, I have found ways to honour her by looking through her eyes, believing in her ways of the world, continuing to cherish her memories in the little things that meant the world to her such as the love and adoration of her family.

I imagine having my Mother here with me despite the absence of her physical being. This longing for my Mother seem to only subside by way of form and through the presence of my sister, Cece Anonas Karnopp.

I remember the day when Cece spoke to my Dad for the last time. It felt like it was only an hour ago. She had just arrived home from work, drove straight to our parent’s house to pick up then 7 month old Kristiana Marie. While my Dad was resting in bed, with Mom by his side, Cece told him that she was leaving her lucrative position as an Executive for Clinique and The Estee Lauder Company to take care of her family and become a fulltime wife and mother. It was quite shocking as she had already invested at least a good 10 years working for the company.

Her whole life changed that day. After a loss of a loved one – our Dad, a secure job, and in some ways her independence, she painstackingly juggled her time, energy, and resources raising her family and taking care of her new husband, Darrell.

In the next few years, Cece and Darrell bravely ventured into Real Estate and found great success at buying and selling homes. They were able to buy and sell their first home in Ganesha Hills, CA only after 3 years of occupancy. Next came an opportunity to move to a thriving community in Rancho Cucamonga. However, when Rancho Cucamonga started to get congested, they decided to relocate to Oaks Hills, CA – a small gated community located in the heart of the city of Hesperia. All these “moving” proved there was nothing ordinary about it.

Texas came hollering in 2006. So she packed up her family of 5 and moved to Katy, a suburb in the Houston area. It was heartbreaking losing her to Texas but exciting to see her spread her wings – the size of Texas – by moving away from the only home she’s ever truly known.

Her relocation to Texas proved to be a very fruitful decision as she eventually decided to go out into the work force and try her hand again in Real Estate. She eventually became a Counselor for a building company. Through the years, it’s been one great opportunity and success after another. The details are not important. She even convinced my youngest brother, John Paul to move to Texas and start a life and career of his own.

These events may seem ordinary but quite the contrary. Cece is resilient, courageous, loving and strong – all attributes of what a Mother should be. Nothing ordinary about that.

Unlike me, Cece will get a chance to tell her eldest daughter, Kristiana Marie, to leave any boy who will cause her heart to break and move on as swiftly as life demands of it. Nothing ordinary about that.

Cece will get a chance to tell her son Nico that it’s not nice to leave a “dead petrified lizard” inside his sister’s jewelry box. Nothing ordinary about that.

And finally, she will get a chance to cry endlessly as Skyler, her 5th grade baby girl, thanks her during her acceptance speech for the Academy Awards. Nothing ordinary about that.

I take comfort in knowing that all three of her children will take her with them in heart, spirit, and soul – wherever she goes. Nothing ordinary about that.

On this Mother’s Day, let us remember that no matter what changes happens in a Mother’s life, one thing remains constant and that is every Mother will find ways to make happiness and success their first priority for their family.

Whatever stage every Mother is in her life, it is of value. She is of worth….She is of substance…..Nothing ordinary about that.



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