Advice from Moms
Because they really do know everything. (But don’t tell them we said that.)
The world would not exist without moms.
This is true scientifically (ignore those members of the Audubon Society who maintain that babies are delivered via stork), but figuratively, too, because without the collective of motherly advice — which come care of your biological life giver or s/he-you’ve-elected-to-play mom, survival would be much more difficult.
How else would we remember to eat our vegetables? Or understand that words like “please” and phrases like “thank you” are precursors to getting what we want? (Just me?)
Our moms teach us the value of friendship, the meaning of kindness. They pass down secret recipes (which subsequently go unused) and hope their experiences will deflect the mistakes that we will inevitably make.
Of course, they don’t, but then again, there those moms are, honing in on the bigger picture lesson before hugs and tissue offerings.
They teach us to wash darks in cold water, clean our faces with warm water, and never, ever cross the street without looking both ways. They wipe tears from our eyes and show us how to dance. Actually, the majority probably set a better example for how not to dance, but there’s vivaciousness there. And they remind us again and again, with the patience of a monk, that time heals everything and broken hearts always mend themselves.
Sunday is Mother’s Day but it’s never too early to reflect on our moms, so three days prior, let’s share the advice they’ve doled and passed down. We’ll start with a series of slides as illustrated by Charlotte and hopefully, too, you’ll share yours. Because even if the person you consider your “mom” is actually your dad, or your grandma, an adopted parent, or your in-law, a sister, a teacher, an aunt, a caretaker, or a real life stork — he or she is still, fundamentally, your mom.
And without them, like, the limit, we simply would not exist.