1. Her food is amazing.
Mom's liempo, adobo, or sinigang always beats ANY fancy restaurant's recipe. ALWAYS!
3. She's fun to talk to.
On the phone. For three hours. Every mom has a billion opinions, and people with opinions are the most fun to chat with.
4. She's the Horse Whisperer of finding random crap you misplaced in the house.
The Crap Whisperer. Yes, it STARTED because you were too lazy to look yourself and told her that she was just "much better at finding things," but now it's not about laziness—you really just need her to find things. (Whatever it is, it's between the couch cushions.)
5. She listened to all your high school drama bullshit as if they were things that would actually matter in five years.
With such solemnity and care that it's almost like you are talking about the state of global warming instead of a Facebook message fight you're having with Stephanie over Jeremy.
6. Decisions she made about raising you, even when you were a pain in the ass about them, made you the successful, amazing, ~*~*lOvELy~*~* person you are.
If she hadn't forced me to study for tests and quizzed me with flashcards—which inevitably led to fights—I might not have become the Professional Butt Sex Scribe that I am today.
7. She'll give you reality checks when necessary.
Honey, you don't have insurance and you live in a 200-square-foot windowless hole, this is not a good time for you to get a dog.
8. She indulged all the passing childhood phases/obsessions you had.
Ice skating phase? Ballet phase? Anime phase? Getting out of gym by pretending you sprained your ankle phase?
9. You know she'll always be there for you.
Remember that time when you broke up with your boyfriend, and you spent the night crying on her shirt and telling her how much of a dick your ex was? And she totally agreed? And she told you he wasn't cute to begin with anyway? Also, that if you didn't break up with him, you'd end up with ugly children.
10. She always wants to fight your battles, even though you don't need her to.
Thank you, Mom, but I'm 27.
11. She's a real, multifaceted person.
Until you reach adulthood, your mom's name is Mom and her job is also being your mom. Suddenly, in your 20s, you notice that she is a human being with interests outside clothing and feeding you, and it's the best feeling in the world—realizing she can be your BFF, too.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor changes have been implemented by Cosmo.ph editors.