On this Mother’s Day, Oprah interviews media mogul Arianna Huffington on her extraordinary successes, revealing a personal realization on what it really is to be successful. Funny how these SuperSoulSunday moments often come down to relationships. For Arianna, her renewed version of success surrounds her children, what it is to be a good mother to her daughters and ultimately the gifts her mother gave her that she will now pass along.
Regardless of the positive or negative relationships we had with our mothers, they left us with lessons. For some who feel abandoned and carry a life of heartbreak, the lesson is ‘I know what I will never do to my children’; for those of us fortunate enough to look back on our childhoods with fondness for the efforts made, we will try to carry some of that wisdom with us. Mother relationships are complicated and complex in an equally complex world.
What I know about mothering is that it has gotten easier as my children (and I!) have grown. Those early baby and toddler busy years led to young school aged lives outside the home – lots of driving and weekends filled with their extra-curricular activities! Teenage years were equally active as our home was the centre of sleep-overs, video game marathons and a fridge that could never hold enough food all with an extra emotional punch! But now as my son and daughter are into their early twenties working and going to school, our relationship has blossomed again. There is an ease to our conversations as I have transitioned from the ever watchful Mother keeping vigil for ‘teachable moments’ to a Mother that shares and relates on a more equitable, reciprocal level.
Because it is Mother’s Day, and because Arianna and Oprah inspired this personal reflection, I am going to share my Mother’s favourite soup recipe. This was one of her last minute, easy to make soups when making dinner for a family of seven (!!!) overwhelmed. And today I am christening it the Mother of All Soups!
The Mother of All Soups
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to cover bottom of soup pot)
1 Onion chopped
2 Celery stalks sliced
2 Potatoes cubed
2 Tomatoes diced
3 large Carrots sliced
Handful of pasta (macaroni, penne or rotini)
1 can tomato soup
celery salt, thyme, any other kind of seasoning you would like!
salt & pepper
1. Add olive oil to soup pot and turn on medium
2. Add chopped onion and cook until translucent ( 5 minutes)
3. Add celery, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and stir
4. Add the tomato soup, bay leaf, any other seasonings you have chosen and enough water to cover the vegetables. Stir.
5. Cook on medium-high heat until vegetables are tender – could take 15 minutes.
6. Let simmer and add the pasta.
7. Continue to simmer until the pasta is cooked. This will also thicken the soup.
8. Salt & pepper to taste.
Enjoy! This Mother of All Soups is hearty enough to be a meal. Don’t take my word for it, just ask my Father – he loves when my Mother makes this recipe!