One of the things that a lot of people, including myself, love to complain about is their imperfect childhoods. We sit on many a couch in many a therapist office talking about it. We seem to blame our parents for a lot, and our mothers usually take the brunt of that. So, to get away from that Freudian way of thinking, I would like to share with you some of the great things my mom taught me.
Mom taught me to dress nicely when going to the hair salon. If you dress like a slob, they will think that is how you want to look. Actually, my mom has always dressed nicely to go anywhere. There were no sweatpants and Crocs on her.
Mom told me it is better to be slightly underdressed than really overdressed.
Mom pushed me to go to college. After high school, the last thing I wanted to do was go to school. I wanted to nap, read, and cuddle kittens. I still just want to do these things, but now I do them with a master’s degree and an online job.
Mom moved to Florida before I was born. My father got a job there, and even though they were not getting along, she decided to make the move with him. I’m glad she did. This enabled me to grow up with people of many cultures and religions.
Mom taught me to tip generously. She tips everyone, even the cashier at Wendy’s.
Mom taught me to make a family out of friends. My mom was never one of those “blood is thicker than water” folks. She taught me that if someone did you wrong, even if they were family, it was ok to get them out of your life.
Finally, Mom taught me to treat myself sometimes. My mom was not a saver. She would rather have the better product than the cheaper one. This is a trait I have inherited. It is why my husband is in charge of our money. : )
I learned a lot of great things from my mom. These are really just a few of them. Let me hear from you in the comments. What are your favorite lessons that you learned from your mom?