Friday, January 16, 2009

::things I learned from my mom::

My sister posted about the things she's learned from our mom, and asked us to share some too. Of course I learned most of the things she posted about (Maresie Doats! YES!!! I love that song!) but here are some of the most important things I learned from our mom:

1. Handmade gifts are more satisfying to give and more appreciated than store-bought.

2. READ. Anything and everything.

3. The difference between "putzying" and "puttering".

4. That you don’t need to spend $60 on moisturizer at Macy's when Oil of Olay works just as well.

5. That mothers are surprisingly FAST when you've uttered something you shouldn't have.

6. That a good dog is as much a part of the family as the people. And often preferable.

7. That when working around the house, if you TROT you can get more done in a shorter amount of time. And then you get to sit down.

8. Laughter really IS the best medicine.

9. When cooking, take time to dance in the kitchen. It makes the food taste better.

10. You can endure just about anything if you have a friend to sit in sunshine and laugh with.

11. Regardless of how many porcupine quills you’ve pulled out of a dog’s nose or puppies you've delivered or how many scrapes, bruises and gruesome accidents you’ve handled as a mother, if your daughter chooses “natural childbirth” it’s best to stay in the waiting room.

12. Offer advice only when asked for it; otherwise offer only quiet support. (ok, I'm STILL working on that one.)

13. Whatever you have, SHARE it.


Now dear readers, what have you learned from YOUR mom?


jpogue said...

HEY! Who's the brown noser! I said 10 things and you did 13. You ALWAYS have to show me up don't ya...

I especially liked #7 and #9 and I'm still working on #12 as well. Sorry mom, I just don't think I'm ever going to get that one.

Dee said...

That too was fun ! Its very sweet of you girls not to mention the bad things I taught you. This makes me seem so wise----which I'm still waiting for.
I still trot once in awhile, but now it is a "sloth trot".
Same with dancing---it used to be wild, with abandon, now its a doddering shuffle.
But goofiness and laughter will always be a part of me, as long as someone laughs with me.

kate said...

How about if we laugh AT you? :)

Dee said...

Brat! I put that in there "as long as no one laughs at me" and then erased it as I KNOW my family would not do that. Only if they got the chance .

Maggie said...

ha HA! I plan to follow your mom's advice if my daughter chooses natural childbirth (many MANY years from now).

I think the most useful thing I learned from my mom is don't complain about the way someone else is doing something unless you want to end up doing it yourself. This applies to cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, scrubbing the bathroom, and other assorted tasks.