A Note from Rach: I Love You, Mom!

Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter to the readers of her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. Here’s what’s on Rach’s mind for May, and what’s cookin’ in the magazine. Don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!

There’s a lot to love in this issue, but my very favorite feature is “Mom Is Always Right” on page 31, where chefs Anne Burrell, Geoffrey Zakarian and others share the kitchen wisdom they learned from their mothers. If you’re a regular reader of this magazine, you’ve probably heard me go on and on about my mom, Elsa Scuderi. And here I go again!

Elsa was the first of 10 children, and everything I learned in my life that matters came to me from her or her father—my grandfather—Emmanuel. They taught me the importance of a hard day’s work and how gratifying it feels to go to bed physically and mentally tired. Being tired is good.

Grandpa taught my mom and later me not to take ourselves too seriously. My favorite lesson of all? Life will be happy and sometimes sad but you can always choose whether to laugh through it all or cry, and laughing feels better! My mom taught me how to eat the right foods and, moreover, to eat life itself. She taught me to be grateful for every day and to have an adventurous spirit—to take a left instead of the usual right on your way home from work, to talk to strangers, to make exotic dinners for yourself.

My mom taught me that a rich life isn’t about being rich at all. A rich life includes a clean and pretty home, even if it’s a humble one. It’s about laughter, good food and most of all, family. Thank you, Mom, for always treating your children with the same respect you gave adults, and for teaching us all the important stuff. I’ve always wanted to grow up to be just like you. I couldn’t love you more and I can think of no one in this life who has impressed me more. Every day should be Mother’s Day in celebration of you.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you special moms! 

Rachael Ray

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