In honor of my mother’s upcoming birthday, (June 24th for those of you who know her and want to wish her well) I put together a list of things she taught me over the years. Obviously it’s not an exhaustive list – that would be impossible.
Some of the lessons were appreciated at the time.
Some I didn’t fully understand until years later.
But they all remind me how lucky I am to have such an amazing Mom.
THINGS I GOT FROM MY MOMMA:
(besides some pretty amazing bone structure)
- Never show up to a gathering empty handed and always ask the host/hostess if you can help upon arrival.
- Dance whenever possible. (Some of my fondest memories are family dance parties in the living room.)
- Pay off your credit cards EVERY MONTH and always have a little mad money set aside.
- Reading is AWESOME and will take you places you never dreamed of.
- Homemade food tastes the best. Extra points for growing your own.
- You can learn how to do anything you set your mind to. It won’t always be easy but it IS possible.
- Your skin is your largest organ. Wash your face EVERY night, moisturize, and always use sunscreen.
- Ain’t isn’t a word. Use proper grammar.
- If you can’t carry it – don’t pack it. Chivalry is kinda, sorta dead. Be prepared to carry your own luggage ladies.
- Go outside. Better yet – go camping.
- Mind your manners. They’re called “magic words” for a reason.
- Barefaced is beautiful. Growing up I rarely saw my Mom wear much make-up and I wasn’t allowed to paint my face until high school. (It’s easy if you have great skin – see #7)
- You can’t say you don’t like something if you’ve never tried it. Try everything at least once. Twice to make sure.
- Tequila is the nectar of the Gods. But don’t be a dumbass – call a cab or have a designated driver.
- Stick up for yourself. No one if going to fight your battles for you.
Driving fast is a necessity in life when you’re ALWAYS 10 minutes late for EVERYTHING. It’s also a helluva lot of fun 🙂