Things I Learned From My Mom

Call this a Mothers’ Day and a half celebration.

This is my mother (and my youngest daughter).  She recently had what they call a “big” birthday.   A lady never tells her age, or her mother’s, but I bet you’re guessing a considerably younger age than she actually is.  Because she’s super gorgeous.  She’s also smart, accomplished, and man, really helpful with my girls, her three granddaughters.

What are some of the things I’ve learned from my mom?  Of course there are the big things- a love of reading, a respect for intelligence, a determination to keep it lookin’ good on the outside, and a good measure of good manners.  But what are the little things?

1.  Craft fairs, furniture stores, and antique swap meets.  Yes, I WOULD like these things a lot more as an adult.

2.  Moisturize.  With an SPF.

3.  Be friendly to random small children.  This didn’t mean much to me when I was young, but I see it now, and I see how much it means to my toddlers when random strangers speak politely to them.

4.  How to make the best macaroni and cheese in the world.  And to put ketchup on it.

5.  “If you don’t clean that room up, I’ll clean it up for you!”  Guess what.  I cleaned it up.  And kept it clean, for about twenty years now.

6.  Just let the kid keep the pacifier.  Worst case scenario, she’ll have it a little longer than average.  What happens to the kid who keeps her pacifier a little longer than average?  She becomes a medical doctor, runs marathons, and speaks fluent Spanish.  (No, not me.)

7.  A little gossip among close friends and family is healthy.

8.  Caring about what happens in Hollywood can be a pursuit of classy ladies.

9.  You can take care of yourself and your family, eat well most of the time, and still have a weakness for potato chips and enjoy baked goods here and there.

10.  All men are sort of bums.  The trick is to find one who’s less bummy than the rest.

What are some of the little things you’ve learned from your mom?  Also… what are the things you want your kids to take from you?  I’m not talking about Big Major Values, I’m talking about how to pluck your eyebrows, or the best way to cook rice (a rice cooker… duh).  I try to pay attention to both the big and the little things I’ve learned from my Mom… I want to look like her and BE like her when I’m grown up.


  1. 1

    Happy tears in my eyes – thanks sweetie, sometimes it is just the little things.

  2. 2

    Can I add a few things that I have built an entire career on?
    “if it’s not gushing blood, I don’t want to hear about it.”
    “It doesn’t matter what you say, as long as you’re dressed well, people will listen.”
    “Stop whining.”
    And when all else fails, there’s no shame in a People magazine and/or a new pair of shoes.

  3. 3

    How wonderful! Every Mother dreams of hearing something like that from her Children after they’ve become an adult….I think you’ve “Done your Mama proud”!

  4. 4

    There is also – “It’s not how you feel, it’s how you look” .
    Haley, I don’t think I said “Stop whining” I think I used to say “I can’t understand what you’re saying to me if you’re whining.” :)
    The Mom in question is very proud of both her daughters, who are not only gorgeous and smart, but also kind and funny. What more could a Mom ask for?

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