Sunday, May 9

mum's the word

it's totally ridiculous that only once or twice per year, on randomly selected, officially sanctioned days, people say nice things to and about their mothers.

... and yet, that's what I'm about to do here today.

{fattest baby ever}

{lesson number one: expression of phenotype is a wacky thing ~ some of us look little like her ... some look nearly identical}

{... which is a good thing, of course}

I am among the luckiest generation of females ever born, in one of the safest, wealthiest nations, following the advent of antibiotics and tampons and color tv (and even — effective birth control). I was born blessed. but even in light of all the blessings of me generation (like the right to vote, air conditioning, and piles of paperback novels) stacking the deck in my favor, my mother has made life a wonderful journey.

lessons learned from her (including, but not limited to):
  • consider a good argument before saying "no"
  • sing along with the good songs on the radio
  • don't judge a garment by the hanger ~ try it on
  • ... and examine the seams
  • pay attention to the evening news
  • don't fear appealing to an expert
  • willingly share your own expertise when asked
  • basements are good places for roller skating
  • if you like something but it's not in the budget, sew it/paint it/make it yourself
  • happiness is a choice to be made, sometimes daily
  • going to the beach is a legitimate reason for missing a day of school (if your homework is done, of course)
  • know thyself, but appreciate the differences between people
  • always fight the good fight
  • know the difference between the good fight and tilting at windmills
  • tea and good books make great gifts
  • pack good lunches ~ even if you don't eat the fun stuff yourself, it's good for social capital
  • travel makes us better persons (the further from home, the better)
  • horses make us better persons, too (the more horses, the better)
  • take in hurt or stray animals (not limited to mammals), which make the most memorable pets (e.g., newtzilla & atticus)
  • open your home fully to guests
  • and open your arms fully to friends and family
  • ... even the crazy ones (they can't be changed, but they can be loved anyway)

I genuinely respect and love my mom, and strive each day to live up to her example. it's not likely speaking out of turn to say I hope she's as proud of her children today as we are of her.

{gratuitous virtual flowers}


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