Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and I can’t help but get a little into it. I mean, I get into most any holiday that involves gifts if I’m being honest… (Stay tuned for a chance to WIN a GIFT for YOU at the bottom of this post – spoiler alert – it’s a Stitch Fix gift card!) More importantly, this day celebrates and honors who we are and what we do every day, which is pretty nice. AND, it’s the one day of the year where I feel pretty comfortable getting all mushy and bragging on my own mother. She’s been busy killin’ the mom game since the 80’s. I find myself caught up in parenting dilemmas… Do I know what to do? (panic sets in) Oh, wait! Norma taught me this one! I got it! Thanks Mom.
She didn’t teach us ‘normal’ mom lessons, like cooking, curfews, and finishing homework. We had Sonic, Hardee’s, and Pizza Hut menus memorized before we were in first grade. Does anyone know if Pizza Hut still sells ham sandwiches? If they do, jump on that… I have some taste bud memories that make me want to pick up the phone right now and order one for breakfast! She did, however, teach us some really cool stuff that I think a lot of other kids missed out on. I’ll share some of her wisdom with you if you’d like… I know you’re not a kid anymore, but better to learn now than never, right?
A cluttered house-car-room = a cluttered mind.
This little nugget of wisdom doesn’t need a lot of explanation. For everything that my mom lacked in the cooking arena, she made up for in cleaning. And when I feel overwhelmed, the fastest way to slow my heart rate is to get the car cleaned out and vacuumed or spend a few minutes scrubbing a toilet, organizing a closet, or purging toys. Now that I think about, this may only apply to women in our gene pool. But whether it clears your mind or not, everybody could stand to clean up a little bit, my mama said so.
Laughter really is the best medicine.
Norma is one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet. She doesn’t have much of a filter and will say exactly what’s on her mind, no matter how weird, embarrassing, or random. (Like that time she told our pedi-cab driver that she needed a colonic!) She has a crazy, loud, mega-contagious laugh, and wherever she goes that laugh and her sense of humor makes her friends.
Be confident and humble.
She’s one of the best compliment givers around. If she thinks you’re having a good hair day or you did an exceptional job on your makeup, she’s gonna tell you… She’ll chase a lady down in the grocery store to tell her how impressed she is with her shoes or her patience with a crying baby. She’s an encourager. But, if you’re 11 and your teeth are bigger than Chiclets, or your shirt makes you look 10 pounds heavier than you really are, she’ll tell you that to. The lesson? You’ve got a lot going for you, but you have flaws too. Your best qualities don’t make you better than anybody else, but they do make you perfectly you. Embrace who you are and be proud, and be proud for everyone else too.
Pay attention to the needs of others.
There was this girl in my Kindergarten class. She was (a lot) bigger than me and m.e.a.n! I would complain about her to my mom, and she’d say, “Sheena, you don’t know what she’s going through at home, just keeping trying to be her friend.” Never once did she say, “Oh, you go tell the teacher!” or “I’m gonna have a talk with her mom!” Instead, she learned her story. She discovered that she was being raised by her grandmother, who was also raising many of her cousins. They didn’t have a lot of money, and they struggled. This girl wore shoes two sizes too big. They were hand-me-downs from an older cousin, and her grandmother couldn’t afford new ones. My mom bought her a new pair that fit. At nap time, she had my teacher switch out her old shoes for the new ones. I watched and learned. I learned that people are just people, and we all need help from each other. If you take the time to understand someone’s situation before reacting to how their behavior affects you (or doesn’t) magical things can happen.
Alright, that’s all your getting today. Don’t be sad, I have to save some for next year! If you can’t wait that long, go spend some time with my mom. She’ll make you a better person.
Mom, if you’re reading this, thank you for being you, for teaching us the important lessons, giving me confidence, the ability to laugh at myself, a love for all people, and for being a friend. And, in the words of Boyz II Men, you know I love you.
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