A year ago my mom said someone in her ward was giving a lesson on mothers and wanted the women to come prepared with quotes that their mothers used to say to them. My mom asked me and my sister (and maybe my brothers?) what we remembered her saying to us. We came up with a couple of things, and then I thought of a few more as time passed. In honor of Mother’s Day, I present things my mother said:
Everything will look better after a good meal and a good night’s sleep.
Hold your head over!
Don’t spill on the bar stools! (This is a recent one that she’s always telling her grandkids.)
Counting! (said every time I was practicing the piano)
Could you get me the doughiest rolls? (said to every server who had the misfortune of waiting on us at a restaurant)
If you’re always listening to that noise (our music) how can you ever hear the Spirit?
In the time you’ve spent whining about doing your chore, you could have finished it. (Credit to Sarah for thinking of that one.)
You’ve got to be smarter than the ____________ (insert name of object that is frustrating you – i.e. sewing machine, computer, jar you can’t open, etc.)
Did you remember to say thank you?
Yesterday at church someone shared this quote, “I opened my mouth and my mother came out.”
I can’t decide what is more alarming – hearing myself say the exact same things my mother said to me growing up or hearing my children already parroting things I’m saying to them…complete with similar tones and facial expressions.
I guess it’s a good reminder that impressionable minds are always taking note of the things we say whether we – or they – even realize it. Fortunately I had a good example of a mother who generally spoke kindly and respectfully.
May my own children be as lucky.