Today would have been my mom's 68th birthday. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her in some way or another. I so wish she were here with us today. She would have loved being a grandma! This picture of her is my absolute favorite! She is carrying me and holding my twin brothers hand. We are about 1 1/2in this picture. I could only wish that my body looked like that 18 months after having one child.
My mom was a teacher her whole life. She absolutely loved kids and loved her job. She was not only a teacher Monday thru Friday from 9 to 5 but she was also a wonderful teacher on the home front.
I have to admit, it is tough being a mother without having my own mom in my life. Don't get me wrong, I have other women in my life that I can, and do, go to for motherly advice, but I can only dream of going to my mom when the going gets tough. And some days that is a tough pill to swallow. As I reflect back on the memories of my mom and the awesome life she not only lived, but help provide for me and my brothers, I can't help but be reminded of the things she taught me early on that have stuck with me today. I thought it would be fun to share some of them with you here. You're Welcome!
My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done.
"If you are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
My mother taught me about religion.
"You better pray that that stain will come out of the carpet."
My mother taught me about time travel.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into tomorrow!"
My mother taught me about reason.
"Because I said so, that's why!"
My mother taught me about logic.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you are not going to the store with me."
My mother taught me about foresight.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you get in an accident."
My mother taught be about irony.
"Keep crying and I will give you something to cry about."
My mother taught me about osmosis.
"Shut your mouth and eat your dinner!"
My mother taught me about contortionism.
"Will you look at that dirt behind your ears?"
My mother taught me about stamina.
"You will sit there until your plate is clean."
My mother taught me about the weather.
"It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."
My mother taught me about hypocrisy.
"If I've told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!"
My mother taught me about the circle of life.
"I brought you into this world and I can take you out of this world."
My mother taught me about behavior modification.
"Stop acting like your father."
My mother taught me about anticipation.
"Just you wait until we get home!"
My mother taught me about sex.
"How do you think you got here?"
My mother taught me about my roots.
"What, do you think you were born in a barn?"
And the one lesson my mom taught me that I never believed would come to fruition...
My mother taught me about justice.
"One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"