As a teenager, I said a lot of despicable things to my mom. If she had a dollar for every time I rolled my eyes at her and thought, “mom, you don’t know what you’re talking about,” she’d be a rich woman.
But you know what? When I grew up and moved out, I realized she taught me a lot. A whole lot. And I wouldn’t be half the woman I am today without her. Here are five that I’m especially glad to have learned.
Animals are people too. There are two types of people in the world. Those who believe animals are disposable and those who know they’re part of the family. My mom taught me that by taking an animal into your home, you’re making a commitment. You’re promising that creature that you will care for them, and keep them even when it becomes inconvenient.
A trip to the mall isn’t always about shopping. Over the years, my mom and I have spent lots of time at the mall. Partly because we love to shop, but more because it gives us an excuse to be together. To have lunch alone. To have some real quality time. We’ve had some of our best conversations over a Maurice Salad at Hudson’s (or whatever it’s called now).
Digging in the dirt is good for your soul. To say my mom has a green thumb is a huge understatement. I spent many a summer’s afternoon helping her to pull weeds and water gardens. I’m sure I bitched and moaned about it, but now I know she was giving me a gift. The time I spend in my own gardens is cathartic. And watching something you’ve planted grow and thrive? Is a wonderful feeling.
Marriage is pretty great. My mom and dad have been married for 41 years. I’m sure they’ve had their hard times, but at the end of the day, they’re each other’s best friend. After all this time, they still kiss when my dad comes home. That’s pretty awesome, people.
Sometimes you have to suck it up and let the people you love do things you’d rather they didn’t. My dad has an entrepreneurial spirit. Always has and always will. So when he wanted to leave his stable 9 to 5 and go into business for himself? My mom supported him—even with two kids in college. Can you imagine how hard that was to do?
So yeah. My mom’s a pretty awesome lady. I’m lucky to have her. What are the best things you learned from your mom?