Important Life Lessons from the World’s Best Mom
By Carrie Pokrefke
Mother’s Day is coming up in a few days. It’s always amusing to check Facebook around this time because I see my friends posting “Happy Mothers Day to the World’s Best Mom!” or a similar sentiment. I think it’s funny because they are wrong. I don’t take the time to correct anyone when they say it – it would just take up too much time. Maybe in their own mind they think they have the best mom, but I know for a fact that my sisters, brother and I really do have the World’s Best Mom.
My parents did a great job creating a warm and loving home for us. They are always there when we need them – no matter what we need. They’ve been supportive through everything we have gone through. They are patient and kind and wonderful role models for how to treat other people. And they love us. Genuinely love each of us.
My mom has taught me a lot of lessons over the years. I decided to share with you some of the more important ones in anticipation of Mother’s Day:
1) You can accomplish anything you put your mind to – the mind is a powerful thing.
2) If you want an honest answer, do not ask your children what they think of your hair after you have gotten it cut or colored.
3) The folded up chips are the best ones.
4) If someone makes fun of you it is not a reflection of you, but of them. Only people with zero self-esteem make fun of other people. And don’t you dare make fun of other people – it’s not nice.
5) That it is important to have different colored food at each meal. You know, your greens, oranges, etc. Even if that means adding paprika for a “splash of red.”
6) Don’t try to fit in. Be yourself. And if you stand out and are goofy or quirky, that’s ok.
7) Say “yes ma’am,” “no ma’am,” “yes sir,” and “no sir.” It doesn’t matter if you are in the south or the north or how old you are. That’s how you respond to people.
8) Always ask for a warm blanket in the hospital or emergency room.
9) Get your work done first. Then you can play.
10) If you cook, you don’t have to help clean the kitchen (unless you really want to help). Everyone else gets to do the cleaning. 🙂
11) Help people. Whenever and however you can. Be selfless. But, don’t help people so much that you don’t take care of yourself because you spend all your time helping others. There’s a balance.
12) Eat dinner as a family every night. At the table. No TV going in the background, unless it is a special occasion.
13) It’s never too late to learn a new hobby. And be awesome at it!
14) Family is important. And so are good friends. Those are the people that stick around and stick up for you when you can’t stick up for yourself.
15) No matter how bad a situation might be, just remind yourself that you are “making memories.”
16) It is important to know how to sew on a button. And to know how to iron, especially linen.
17) There is no such thing as “too much fabric.”
18) If you are shopping and see “an outfit,” buy “the outfit.” That way you don’t have to try to find something to match when you get home.
19) And if you don’t like it once you get home, you can ALWAYS return it. Always.
20) Feel free to spin around in your dress so you can see your skirt twirl.
21) It’s ok if you overpack. Actually, it’s important to bring everything with you on a trip. Even if it is only for two days. And when you pack, put everything in a million different bags instead of in a suitcase.
22) Keep a comfort blanket around. The sound a down comforter makes when you are “fluffing” it is a heavenly sound.
23) When you complain, you aren’t being thankful for what God has given you.
24) Be careful if you mention how much you like something. Your next holiday may be filled with gifts of a certain theme.
25) When you love, love unconditionally. There shouldn’t be any qualifiers for your love.
Thanks so much to my mom for everything she has given me!! There are a million other things she taught me, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind.
What’s the most important lesson your mom taught you?