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.