A friend of mine once wrote a list of 100 things that she learned from her mother and posted it on her Myspace blog. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. Today’s the day Mer’s friends post 10 on the 10th. I know a list about mothers is probably cliche’ on Mother’s Day, but this seemed most appropriate not only for this particular day, but for this particular time in my relationship with my mom. My mom and I were extremely close before December of last year, but over the past few months, she’s become even more of a hero to me. I thought I could hit the high points in a list of ten things that my mom has taught me, but as I started writing, I realized I could barely scratch the surface. I’m sure that the second I hit the “Publish” button, I’ll immediately think of 100 more even better things I could have written. This may be a work in progress that I can revisit from time to time.
So, without further ado, this is my list of Ten Things I Learned From My Mother:
1. How to make the best sweet tea in the world. (And the most delicious yeast rolls, beef stew, and so on, and so on.)
2. How to fold fitted sheets correctly.
3. The importance of family traditions and how to make even ordinary days feel like holidays.
4. How to take such good care of people when they’re sick that they might feel like faking an illness every now and then.
5. How to always be there for the people I love when they need me without making it all about the fact that I’m there.
6. How to fall more deeply in love with my God and His Word every single day and to never stop learning about Him.
7. How to identify flowers and plants (I’ll never know as many as she does) and to love the feel of dirt under my fingernails.
8. That even little searcies (gifts) let people know you’re thinking of them.
9. How to love being a mom more than you love your own life.
10. What it actually means to stand by your man in sickness and in health.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I hope I grow up to be just like you.