In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to share some of the things my mom tried to teach me as I was growing up:
- Beds should be made daily and sheets changed weekly.
- Every kitchen counter needs a matching set of canisters.
- Men take showers, but ladies take baths.
- Leaving a dish or glass in the kitchen sink is a venial sin.
- No silliness at the dinner table.
- Moms have eyes in the back of their heads.
- Close the front door. You’re heating the outdoors.
- No reading at the dinner table.
- If you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way.
- A dinner should consist of meat, vegetables, and a starch.
- Dessert is not optional.
- No singing at the dinner table.
- The teacher is always right.
- No roughhousing inside.
- Wash your elbows.
- Do it because I said so.
- Don’t cry, or I’ll give you something to cry about.
Although I haven’t always kept all of Mom’s “commandments” in my life, my mother’s voice still echoes in my head when I’m running around the house tidying up and making sure the dishes are done. I find myself using her expressions, such as “Stop your dilly-dallying!”
And my mom also taught me:
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Put others before yourself.
- Have a treat at night before bedtime.
- Have music in your life.
- Work hard.
- Be frugal.
- Family comes first.
- If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
- Nurture your faith.
- The joys of having children outweigh the pain.
So Happy Mother’s Day to my beloved mother – and to all mothers, both literal and in spirit. May our mothers’ lessons give us the strength and courage to be good women and to nurture the next generation.