By Jocelyn Chui
Northwest Asian Weekly
Rat mom (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972)
Rat mom is quick-witted, inquisitive, and hardworking. She is an opportunist and always pays attention to small details. Though she may be looking for sales and the best prices, she is generous to her loved ones and may have the tendency to over-indulge her kids (not a bad trait at all).
How to celebrate with a Rat mom: Pre-order a puzzle of your own family picture and aim to finish it with your mom on Mother’s Day. That way, you can tickle her mind and, at the same time, spend tons of family time together.
Ox mom (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973)
Ox mom is usually patient and calm. You probably don’t see her stumble out of the house often unless you get on her nerves by being too adventurous, as she likes to stick with comfortable routines. She also believes in equality, so she is not going to give your brothers or sisters bigger shares of a meal.
How to celebrate with an Ox mom: Start your family day with a Sunday brunch buffet and then take her to the Smith Tower Observation Deck in Pioneer Square, where she can enjoy a peaceful afternoon watching the beautiful skyline of Seattle.
Tiger mom (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974)
If you have not noticed the power dynamics in your family already, Tiger mom is born to be a leader. She is ambitious and adventurous. She follows the latest fashion trends and takes pride in her appearance.
How to celebrate with a Tiger mom: If you can afford to take your mom to a Mother’s Day sale and cover the expenses, go for it! If not, pick a fashionable item that allows your mom to gush to her friends, “My kid got me this!”
Rabbit mom (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975)
Rabbit mom has a sweet nature and hates arguments. She is sociable and likes to meet new people. As much as she cares about her appearance, she loves decorating even more. If she is cooking, she needs her dishes to look as well as taste good.
How to celebrate with a Rabbit mom: What is better than making her a fruit bouquet that is colorful and delicious? Strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, honeydew, kiwi, and grapes are good ingredients to start with. Put them on bamboo skewers and place them nicely in a vase to make her day.
Dragon mom (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976)
Dragon mom is enthusiastic and confident. She is always on the go with a tight schedule. She may not be the kind of mom that is sentimental who tells you she loves you all time, but she certainly loves to join in all sorts of activities with you.
How to celebrate with a Dragon mom: Plan a one-day tour with her. Begin your day with an early-bird breakfast at Pike Place Market and then take the Seattle Underground Tour before having lunch at Pioneer Square. Then enjoy a walk at Gasworks Park before dining on Lake Union.
Snake mom (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977)
Snake mom is charming and physically attractive. She has a good sense of humor and knows the best ways to stand out in her social circle. Her beauty is her greatest possession, after her family, of course.
How to celebrate with a Snake mom: Get her an anti-aging skincare set and a make-up combo. Remind yourself to take a sneak peek on her choice of brands and colors before purchasing because she can be very specific on cosmetic products.
Horse mom (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978)
Horse mom is known for her cheerful and sporty nature. She has a passion for traveling and wants to explore the world. But she is also hot-tempered, so make sure plans with her run smoothly.
How to celebrate with a Horse mom: Plan out a weekend getaway road trip to Vancouver where she can check out the market on Granville Island, take lots of pictures in downtown Vancouver, and enjoy a wonderful Asian meal in Richmond. Remember to charge your camera so you don’t upset your mom in the middle of the trip.
Sheep mom (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979)
Sheep mom is creative and artistic. She is gentle and caring. If you run into problems in your life and need someone to talk to, you mom is often the best listener. She likes to be flexible with her time and hates fixed schedules.
How to celebrate with a Sheep mom: Do not rush her because you will ruin her day. Take her to a place like Meridian Park in Wallingford and check out the organic garden. Stop by vintage stores in the area and let her pick out her own gift.
Monkey mom (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980)
Monkey mom is curious and smart. She is highly sociable and loves to have her own life even though she cares a lot about her family. She is a problem-solver so if you ever need advice, you know who to go to.
How to celebrate with a Monkey mom: Go on a treasure hunt of Washington fossils with your mom. Check out a list of sites that are open on the Burke Museum’s website (washington.edu/burkemuseum/cruisin/wa_fossils.php).
Rooster mom (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981)
Rooster mom is truthful and organized. She is either the extremely talkative type or the somber observer. She likes people to be honest with her, so lying will be seen as a big sin. She can be relatively conservative because she wants things to be in order.
How to celebrate with a Rooster mom: Prepare a family dinner with your mom’s favorite dishes. Start doing some research on the traditional cuisine of your mom’s culture. If you are not too overwhelmed by the recipes, take up the task of house cleaning.
Dog mom (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982)
Dog mom is loyal, honest, and straightforward. Do not be surprised if your mom likes to take part in volunteer work or donate to charities because she is a giving person by nature.
How to celebrate with a Dog mom: Volunteering on Mother’s Day may just be the best family activity for you and your mom. Visit an elderly home and bring flowers and cards to all the mothers living there. Showing off the family’s charitable and caring spirit will surely make your mom feel proud of you.
Pig mom (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983)
Pig mom is courageous and outgoing. She does not back down during difficult times and is determined to overcome challenges. She does not like to hide her feelings and will want to talk with you if she is concerned about your behavior.
How to celebrate with a Pig mom: If your mom has not been to Mt. Rainer yet, sign up for the Mt. Rainer tour. It will take you to the top of the highest mountain in Washington. ♦
Jocelyn Chui can be reached at email@example.com.