Connect With Mama - Sammy Makes Six

Connect With Mama

This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Coca-Cola. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

My childhood wasn't perfect. I am not one of those people who remembers their childhood like if it was the most wonderful thing ever. I had a stable childhood, my mom was always working and she did her best to care for us, in her way. She has never been big on showing emotions or love, caring, I don't know why. So we didn't grow up with a mom who showered us with love, but we grew up with a mom who showed us how the real world worked and how only hard work and perseverance would pay off in the end. For those tough lessons my mom gave us, I am thankful. Of course I would have loved for my mom to be different, but it was what it was. I've taken those lessons and tried to do as best as I can with them always. They are actually some of the very same lessons that I now teach my girls, along with many others of my own.

In the cultura Mexicana, there are a lot of parents like my mom. It doesn't make me feel bad, it instead encourages me to be different. I am my mothers daughter and because of the way I grew up, I am also not into showing my feelings either (most of the time), but my girls know that I care for them above anything else in the world. My girls know that no matter what they choose to do in life, I will always be there.

The really wonderful memories that I have from my childhood are those moments when my mom would be off on the weekends and she would make her famous carne asada. My mom really went all out when it came to cooking (still does), she would make all of the traditional fixings: salsa fresca, frijoles and guacamole. How we used to love these days when my mom wasn't worried about bills, or work and was home to enjoy such a feast with us. And always we had Coca-Cola to finish off one of her amazing meals. Coca-Cola was the drink of my childhood and though I don't have all wonderful memories of growing up, I do have many. All those summers at the beach, those trips to the pool where she would let us take off with friends. How she was the first to take us camping and how awful it was. I am thankful to my mom for her hard lessons and for the good moments.

This Mother’s Day, Coca-Cola is reminding us of the inseparable bond between mother and child with an interactive video in which the viewer can switch between the point of view of a mother and daughter throughout the different stages of their relationship. Starting May 6, Coca-Cola is giving its Mother’s Day video viewers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico the opportunity to call their mothers anywhere in the world for three minutes. I've now watched this video like 15 times, and it has made me cry each time. I am thankful for my mom, and a lot of times I forget that she is the reason I am who I am. I am lucky enough to have her very close to me, but if you don't have mom nearby, take a few minutes and give her a call.