My great grandmother, mom, me, and grandmother.
Last Father's Day, I wrote about Things I Learned From My Dad. This year, with Mother's Day on the horizon, it seemed only right to honor my mother in a similar way. I love and cherish my mother in so many ways. As I grow into my own sense of womanhood and motherhood, I continue to become all the more grateful for the ways that my mom has formed me. More and more, I hear comments about how much I am like my mother in looks and character. Since she is a pretty incredible woman, I'll gladly embrace any qualities we might share. Here are some lessons I have learned from my mother:
- Always write thank you notes.
- Sometimes there are more important things than cleaning the house.
- Read to your kids.
- Don't complain. I'm sure my mom has complained at some point; I've just never heard it.
- If you're not going to eat your lima beans, at least hide them under your napkin.
- How to sew.
- Extend compassion and forgiveness generously.
- Handmade is almost always better.
- Family is important. Spend time with them, even if it's across an ocean via a weekend phone call.
- How to bake almond cookies and make fried rice.
- Welcome everyone into your home.
- Pursue a vocation that intersects what you love doing and what will help others.
- How to do laundry and properly iron men's dress shirts.
- Lots of fun can be had with a cardboard box and imagination.
- You are never finished growing and learning.
- Pray for your children. A lot. Especially during the adolescent years.
- Women can have significant influence in whatever they do. My mom has been a teacher, church deacon, stay-at-home-mom, and now, an advisor to the Governor of Hawaii. In all her roles and relationships, she works hard and cares about people.