As you may know, I visit my parents just about every weekend. My mother is 84 years young and has been an inspiration in my life. She has taught me many things in my life. So in honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I would share a few of those things here. Most of the things I agree with, and a couple I do not, so here goes:
1. Never leave the house without make up – My mother always puts her “face” on. Even now, she must have her make up on if we go out in public. I have to say that I tend to do this too, even if it is just some mascara and lip gloss (which it usually isn’t). I do feel better with make up on.
2. Stand up for what you believe right – I could write a entire
post book on this one. My mother taught me to question when something was not right or fair. I can remember her advocating for more trees and healthier food choices at my elementary school. Today, she still argues with some of the utility companies that she believes overcharged her. Basically, have an opinion and stand up for things that are important to you. Bravo!
3. Take care of your friends because they need to be valued – I love this one. I so love the wonderful friends in my life. I agree that you should treat your friends with care and compassion. Some people come in our life at different times for different reasons. The ones that have become my friends are priceless to me.
4. Always eat breakfast and drink your milk- Mom always made sure I had breakfast in the morning and always wanted me to drink my milk. She still to this day will try to get me to drink milk with all my meals. I do eat breakfast every day, but I rarely drink milk.
5. Write stuff down so you do not forget it – Amen! I am a firm believer of this and if you follow my blog, you know that I am a list-maker. It is truly the only way I will remember to do everything. Some items are on paper and some are in an electronic file, but it works.
6. Be honest so you don’t have to remember your story – This one made me smile. She said if you tell a lie, it is harder to remember what that lie was and better to be honest. When she told me this, I have to say, I wondered what “stories” she may have told me over the years. I agree with being honest because it is being real and being real is important to me.
7. Never touch a public toilet handle with your bare hands - My mother taught me to never ever touch a public toilet without putting a piece of toilet paper in your hand first. All those germs were certain to climb into your skin. Ok, I know this sounds a little weird, but having been told this since I was little, so I still do this.
8. Keep everything in case you need it - My mother was raised during the Depression Era so rations were taking place and anything and everything was saved for another purpose. If you were to come with me to my parents’ house you would see that she does in fact, still live by this rule. I do not. I do not like clutter, so I try to get rid of things that I am not using/wearing.
9. Don’t be wasteful – This goes along with the previous one, but specifically, we are talking about natural resources and food. My mother would save rain water for the plants in buckets. Food was another valuable commodity and throwing good food away was not something taken lightly in our home. I try not to be wasteful, but sometimes I do let stuff get old in the refridgerator. Sorry mom.
10. Manage your time wisely because you will never have enough of it - This one is so true, as I see my mother’s health declining, it makes me realize that time is going by faster than we want. And there will never be never enough of it. That is why I feel that time should be spent nurturing and enjoying relationships and one of the reasons I started this blog.
Thank you mom, for all you have taught me. I have tried to pass most of these on to my kids. What lessons did your mom teach you?
I am participating in a blog hop with Generation Fabulous, where we are discussing advice our Mom’s gave us.