How often do you sit down and think of all the things your mother taught you? I admit I don’t do it often enough. In fact, if it weren’t for this blog, my opportunities to deep think on a day-to-day basis would probably be limited to work only. But thankfully, blog, you have encouraged me to deep think about what my mom means to me. So in honor of Mother’s Day (which was yesterday), I thought I’d rattle off my top 10 list of Mom-isms — the life lessons and helpful tidbits that mom taught and preached (whether she realized it or not) and have been stored away in my brain over the last 26 years. Proof that yes, Ma, I really was listening.
10 Your shoes should always be darker than the rest of your outfit. When they’re not, the whole ensemble looks off-balance.
9 When wrapping a present, don’t be afraid to smash the wrapping paper while wrapping. By the time you’ve taped everything up, you can hardly even see the wrinkles in the paper. Take that, Martha Stewart.
8 If you’re hosting a party, remember that it’s better to have too much food than not enough food. So don’t be afraid to buy in excess. And that is precisely why all of our family gatherings look like this…
7 Always address your elders as Mr. or Mrs. so and so. A child shouldn’t be calling an adult by his or her first name unless specifically told to do so.
6 Go to church!
5 Sing in church!
4 Dress up for church! (It’s not a picnic, people.)
3 Go to college. Get married. Then have kids. In that order!
2 Don’t hold grudges. Harden not your heart. Always find a way to forgive.
1 Home is where the heart is. And may your heart always be with your family.
Thanks for my 26 years of life, Mom! Hope you had a happy mother’s day.