I have washing machine that does my laundry while I spend time bonding with my children. She didn't have one when I was growing up. Much of her mornings were wasted washing our dirty clothes by hand. And cleaning the house would take her forever! She needed to fetch water from the pump outside the house and then would get on her knees with rags on hand to clean the floor. My house has tap water so I don't have to waste time and energy, and oh, I don't use melted candles to wax my floor. I remember how much mom would sweat scrubbing the floor with a coconut husk. I would just go to the nearby gym to get all those exercise!
I serve variety of food on the table and I can serve guests with a short notice of visit. My mother would serve only one dish together with rice at every meal. She didn't have the double burner that I have now. It would take her time to serve more than one dish over firewood which smoke could sting her eyes from constant blowing. She also didn't need my microwave because she didn't have frozen food to thaw. All her ingredients are fresh from the market she bought early in the morning. She didn't have a refrigerator to store them.
I had only few clothes when I was little, mostly hand-me-down from my elder sisters. My mother could sew only few clothes by hand for all seven children; with my electric sewing machine, I can sew fancy dresses for my 2 girls as many as I can, that if I have to. She's busy with mending more than creating new ones. And she did all her crocheting and crafts without using designer's guidebook. It's all from scratch and plain imagination. I have a collection of craft books and have already many brilliant designs in mind. I'm just waiting for the right time to actually start making them.
When I was growing up, my mom had only few friends, mostly neighbors. I have lots and lots of friends from all over the world. I can easily connect with them using the internet, whereas my mom would have to wait for weeks to get news from a friend in another city. I can be reached anytime through my cellphone. I can also chat with my friends even very late at night.
My mom was limited only to what was going on around her and what she heard on the radio. I remembered how she would place the batteries on our window sill so they recharge their energy under the sun, making sure she gets informed and entertained throughout the day. I didn't have to do that! And I haven't listened to radios for a long time now. I'm satisfied with tv, dvd, and internet!
And of course I'm better because I'm a lot busier than her. She didn't have emails to read and reply to, no posts to publish, memes to keep up with, facebook status to update, and she didn't have appointments to a masseur to relieve her stress!
God bless our mothers who had harder lives than we do and yet found satisfaction in the simplicity of their ordinary days.
Photos are from photosharing, not mine.