Wishing my mom a happy Mother’s Day with a tribute to some of her most memorable advice, along with all the things I wish I’d have let her teach me instead of learning it myself the hard way:
- Cheaper by the Dozen is worth reading.
- Making the bed works better when you put the top sheet on upside-down, so it looks pretty when you fold it over.
- Sometimes the best remedy is a cold Dr. Pepper on ice. If that doesn’t work, take vitamins.
- Stephen Andrew the First was not a good match for me, for exactly the reasons that she said. (Unfortunately, this is one of those that I had to figure out for myself, and I wasted a lot of time getting there!)
- Latin is more useful than German, unless you’re going to Germany.
- Keep a spare blanket in the car, because you never know when you might need it.
- You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.
- Keep cash in your wallet, even if it’s just a little bit. You’ll feel better prepared to face the world.
- Sleep on your problems- they’ll be less scary in the morning.
- Never do something once you’re not willing to do a thousand times.
- (not really advice, but one of my favorite mom-isms) I could have took that with a poke in the eye.
- Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you have to be blind.
- Life is too short to sleep on cheap sheets.
Laura, Alan, and Leslie- help me add to my list! The rest of you, feel free to add your own mom’s best advice.