Today is March 8th, my mom’s 61st birthday. My royal loyal readers–other than my mom–know I like to dedicate this blog to her on this special day. It’s a small token of my appreciation for all that she has done for me. Last year, I listed the 10 lessons she’d taught me; this year I’d like to focus on her words of wisdom.
- “Good morning, Good morning, it’s time to rise and shine.” My mom didn’t say this, she sang this. It was my daily alarm clock to get ready for school. Although I didn’t enjoy it then, I’ve embraced it now. Early risers are more productive and this little saying is a good way to start the day.
- “You grow in the valleys, not on the mountains.” I think she took this one from her grandmother. Regardless of its origin, it is true. Painfully true.
- “Always finish what you start.” My first memory of these words in action came after running into the pool wall during a swim meet at the age of 7. When I decided I would go ahead and exit the pool in the middle of the race, my mom was standing there to make sure I finished.
- “This is the best _____ I’ve ever had.” You can insert nearly any restaurant appetizer or entree into the blank. Calamari is a sure bet. The fact is, if your are always eating the best food you’ve ever had, life keeps getting better.
- “You’re going to be a huge success.” I’m not sure how this is measured or, if it will ever ring true, but it still sounds good to hear your mom say it.
- “I just want you to pursue your dreams.” This was my mom’s response to my request to attend the University of Montana. As a side, my dad’s response was: “You know you were born and bred to be a Razorback.” Both are great responses.
- “Oh Fooie!” She could cuss, but frequently inserts “Fooie” instead of profanity. Not only is this a good substitution, it always makes me laugh.
- "I’m so blessed." This is a great way to look at a life.
Happy birthday and thank you for the words of wisdom.