Submitted by SkinSpa Institute and Narun Nao
Last April, SkinSpa Institute showed its appreciation for moms everywhere by sponsoring its Mother’s Day of Beauty Essay Contest for the second consecutive year. Several adoring sons and daughters wrote in to tell about their wonderful mothers in hopes of winning a special day of luxury.
Mala Sok was the fortunate winner of the contest, entitling her mother, Narun Nao, to a relaxing spa facial, 60-minute massage, spa manicure and pedicure, shampoo and blow-dry, mineral makeup lesson, a champagne lunch and a gift basket filled with spa products—all courtesy of SkinSpa Institute. Also included in the prize were two show tickets compliments of the Long Beach Playhouse and a $25 gift certificate for dinner donated by Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria.
Below is the winning essay.
Mother’s day is one of the most important days of the year. It is a day dedicated to mothers all around the world, one of whom is my mother. Coming from a country of war, where it didn’t matter if you were a person let alone a mother, she has been to hell and back. This is why I believe my mother deserves a day of pampering.
My family has been in America for 25 years. What a world of difference from Cambodia. My mother has worked so hard to support her family. We are happy and proud to call her our mother. She cooks, she cleans, she puts up with her kids—and it takes a strong woman to deal with us. I’m kidding. We do all we can to help her out.
We all know my mother loves being pampered, but she hardly ever does anything for herself. All she worries about is how comfortable her kids are.
The youngest child is 22 years old, and she still treats us like kids. But what mother wouldn’t, right? Making sure we look nice and not worrying about how she looks, she would rather we have nice things than her. Which is why I know she deserves something nice for herself. All her life she had to do things for others. I think it’s about time she gets something nice done for her.
She has been through so much, words can’t explain. From the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia to this beautiful land of America, she has worked long and hard.
It’s about time she has one day to herself.
Mothers work hard and they do deserve a day dedicated to them. I am thankful and blessed to have a mom as strong and loving as mine.