Thursday, May 08, 2014

Things my mom taught me

You may have seen the memo that Mother's Day is right around the corner. I have a pretty awesome mom. She's one of the top two kindergarten teachers in the world (it's a close race with my son's current kindergarten teacher who I swear just stepped off the pages of a kids' book.) I never went to her school, but she's a teacher by design and has taught my sister and I a wealth of important lessons that have made us the strong, capable, independent, and weird women we are today. 

This is my mom:

Isn't she beautiful? I love this picture of her. It really captures who my mom is. When I think of her, I always think of laughter. My mom taught me many things, but at the top of the list is that there is always a reason to laugh. Even when everything is crumbling around you, there's something to find joy and laughter in. 
Handmade gifts ALWAYS trump something from the store. (She also taught us the crafty skills to make those gifts.)

Go to church as a family.
Music breathes heart and soul into a home.
When it comes to fashion, go big or go home.
Confront your fears head on. (Note the white knuckles on the railing. Mom is not a fan of heights, to put it mildly.)
Even if other people your age are using their age as an excuse to stop going full blast, keep going full blast. You'll have way more fun and the grandkids will think you're Wonderwoman.
Always share.
Never miss a good party.
There's a photobomber in every crowd (and it's usually my sister.) Just keep smiling anyway.
I love you, Mom! Thanks for all the things you've taught us. I only hope to be half as awesome as you. So far my kids seem pretty weird, so I think I'm doing something right. 

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