Sunday, May 10, 2009

Things I learned and some I didn't from my mother

(For the record, I'm the adorable one in the middle with the Fred Flintstone feet.)

What my mother didn't teach me that I learned the hard way:

  • that forgiveness is a gift you give yourself

  • that God is my everything

  • that having a newborn is not for the faint of heart

  • that seeing your child in pain is excrutiatingly more difficult than your own pain

  • that I really am creative, just not in the same ways she is

  • that not all men are creeps

  • that marriage isn't a fairy tale, it's a constant work in progress

  • that just because it's true, doesn't mean it's not gossip

  • that mother's aren't perfect, but love covers a multitude of sins

Things I learned from my mother:
  • to make lemonade when life give you lemons, even if it's still a little bitter

  • that creativity and a little elbow grease can go a long way

  • to respect your elders even if you don't agree with them

  • to always say please and thank you

  • that steamed rice goes with just about anything, even spaghetti sauce

  • that when there's nothing to laugh about, you can always laugh at yourself

  • to always put the needs of others before your own

  • to do an honest day's work

  • that happiness is a warm puppy - even the 3 legged variety

  • that sometimes life is just about endurance

  • that actions always speak louder than words

  • to pick myself up and dust myself off

  • to never say "I'll never do that with my kids."

  • that the youngest child usually gets their way by means of wearing you down

  • that the youngest child gets sucker punched in the back when mom's not looking (okay, my sisters and brother taught me that one - frequently)

  • that cute goes a long way, but character will go the distance

  • to be a subservient and submissive wife (okay that one didn't really take)

  • that giving to others is infinitely more satisfying that hoarding things for yourself.

  • that true beauty comes from within

Thanks, mom. I am a better mom because I am your daughter.
Happy Mother's Day to all you moms, daughters, grandmothers and granddaughter!


Peter P said...

Awesome post Katdish!

And yay! I got the first comment!

katdish said...

Thanks, Peter.

You're prompt. No one can take that away from you.

Annie K said...

Yay for moms (cause we wouldn't be here having so much fun if it weren't for them!).

Beth said...

Peter, I think she's mocking you...

Duke of Perukenstuke said...

I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day, Katdish.

katdish said...

Aw, thanks Bob! I'm feeling honored that you left a comment on my blog.

Helen said...

Yeah, Happy Mother's Day, Katdish.

Joanne Sher said...

Some great stuff here. Love the one about gossip (ain't it the truth? And ain't it hard to remember??). Praying your Mother's Day was wonderful.