Things I learned from my mom

Happy mother’s day to you, Mom! I didn’t get your gift to you on time (and I know you don’t even expect anything, which is why you deserve it even more) but I *can* give you this list of lessons I’ve been remembering as I continue my adventure of motherhood as well. I love you!


Things I learned from my mom:

1. Singing “Oh what a beautiful morning” when you wake up really does make any morning beautiful.

2. You also have really fun hairdos first thing in the morning.

3. People who stutter need to be patiently listened to, not spoken for.

4. Don’t bring chips, sugary cereals, or store-bought sweets into the house on a day-to-day basis, but never host a party without home-made chocolate chip cookies or carrot cake.

5. Let kids slather onto vegetables as much butter or ketchup as they please, and they’ll develop a liking for the vegetables themselves.

6. When conflicts arise, deal with them immediately and head-on, hug to make up, and never, ever hold a grudge.

7. The smaller the child, the larger art space they need.

8.Give kids only primary colors to work with and they’ll have fun discovering for themselves how to mix all the colors of the rainbow.

9. Everyone should know how to sew on a button (bonus if you know how to make a wedding dress.)

10. As ye sew, so shall ye rip.

11. Class has nothing to do with money or stuff.

12. To give means to take pleasure in knowing the receiver will do as they please with the gift, no matter what that may be.

13. To receive is to remember that first and foremost, it is the thought that counts. Be grateful for the people who care about you.

14. Candlestick salad is a fun treat: take a round of pineapple, stick a half banana in the middle, and put a dollop of peanut butter on the top.

15. You are precious.

16. Laugh lines are infinitely better than the alternative of taking yourself ?? and life ?? too seriously.

17. Some situations require the presence of a whoopie cushion.

18. Being a part of your children’s activities is one of the most important things you can do.

19. Choose water or unsweetened iced tea with lemon.

20. Tackle home repairs yourself first. You’d be surprised at how easy some projects (like painting or resurfacing a driveway) can be.

21. Don’t act like a prima donna (but know that you are immensely important to this world).

22. Who are you saving the good china for? You and your family are worth it: bring out the porcelain for everyday use.

23. Go outside.

24. Stand up for what and who you believe in.

25. Say “I love you.”

8 thoughts on “Things I learned from my mom

  1. This is so great!! I have a few to add.

    26. Draw outside the lines and create a new picture out of what is already there.

    27. Fresh flowers always make everything more elegant.

    28. Always have peanut butter in the house, because you never know when you will need a peanut butter pick-me-up.

  2. As my very wise Aunt Martha Jean said “Everyone needs to work on their own legacy.” My other wise aunt, Aunt Joan, said (with some paraphrasing), “We need to work on our inside more than on our outside.” There are tons of saying from my mother, Granny, that we can all remember. One is that “we need to remember that we are only ultimately responsible for our own damn fool selves”. Words to live by. I appreciate the nice post. Happy Mother’s Day to you and to mothers everywhere. I love you.

  3. This is really sweet! Well done, Rachel.

    I’m also feeling the need to throw in something about the necessity for humor in the form of silly walks and water ballet (both in the pool and on the couch).

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of you fantastic moms in my life!

  4. My favorite is Bring Out the Good China. The pictures really make the blog, too…especially the driveway one 🙂 You’re one of the Greats, Barb!

  5. How lovely! You have such a wonderful mom, and she has such a wonderful daughter to take note and appreciate all of her wisdom. xoxo!

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