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7 years ago
As a young married woman I once phoned my mother to complain that my refrigerator was broken and we had to buy a new one.
She said: When I was your age I had 8 kids and no refrigerator.
I never forgot it, and never complained again.
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My Mother said the same thing. And also added”This is your life,it’s up to you to make it a good one,now go outside and play! She passed ten years ago and I still miss her so much. When I feel down and unapprecative I really think of those words” go out and make it a good life” I need to play more!
Always say please and thank you and the most important thing she said was ” if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” I miss my mom, she passed away over 2 years ago. I wish I could tell her she was right about so many things, I realize now, maybe not so much when I was younger and thought I knew everything.
My mother told me “don’t judge other people by yourself.” I took it as an insult, probably because of whatever the context was; I thought she was saying “No one’s as selfish or (choose any negative adjective) as you are, so they wouldn’t act as selfishly (etc.) as you would.” But, 30+ years later, I remember it when it’s important to REALLY think of other people instead of myself when I’m making decisions or trying to anticipate what the consequences of an action would be.
When my future husband and I went to my parent’s house to tell my parents we were getting married (I was 21), my mother looked him straight in the eye and said, “Mick, you’ll never be able to handle her.” She was correct, we’ve been divorced a long time.
Mother always said, “Men are like trolley cars. If you miss one, they’ll be another one along in a minute.”
She was right, too. (She usually was, as she loved to point out!)
It’s not something my mother told me. It’s something she (and her mother) modeled for me. I don’t ever remember by mother (who will be 83 in December) or my grandmother (who died in 2000 at the age of 97) every looking in the mirror and expressing any concern or disappointment in their appearance. As I result I have never internalized a fear of growing (looking) older. I will be forever grateful to them.
The Ice Man Huh? My mom used to tell me that my kids would be 10 times worse than I was when being a brat. Funny how I passed that on to my daughter and now she reminds me as she trials away with my granddaughter. I tell her that all of her good wipes away those bad times and I’m lucky to have her in my life and she will get through it.
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