I celebrate Mother’s Day twice a year. Being an expat, I feel entitled to celebrate Mother’s Day with all my U.S. friends, and living in Costa Rica, you’d better believe I welcome the opportunity to be spoiled a second time in August.
This year, we celebrated in May eating breakfast at one of my favorite Costa Rican typical restaurants. I ate the standard Tico breakfast fare, gallo pinto, while Husband surprised me by ordering a burger. Who eats burgers before 8 a.m.? I was informed that this Mother’s Day was courtesy of Summer Elizabeth.
Ticos do Mother’s Day big. Shops are closed, people have the day off work, and extended families gather together to celebrate mom, grandma, great-aunts…you get the gist. I love that about Costa Ricans; family is the heart of everything. It’s a cultural gem that I caught onto real fast as a study abroad student in 2006, where I was blessed with a genuinely wonderful Tico host family. Sometimes it’s a real pain when you invite someone to dinner and they show up with extended family in tow, but all in all, it’s a very good thing.
On August 15th we celebrated Tico Mother’s Day, sponsored by baby Elijah. The meal: crazy good Italian fare just minutes from home. Me- seafood pasta. Husband- pizza. Summerbeth- bites from both plates plus some leftover pasta I sneaked in just in case we didn’t order toddler friendly or healthy dishes. My big gift: a vacuum cleaner. And yes, I really did want it.
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