To celebrate Mother’s Day, I reached out to friends to ask for the best piece of advice, both practical and hilarious, that they’ve ever gotten from their moms. Enjoy!
“One of my mom’s all time favorite mantras is: “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. When I was younger, all I did was “sweat the small stuff”: how my clothes fit, how my hair looked, the pimple that popped up right before school, a pop quiz, a mistake during a sports game. When my mom used to say those words, I would scream back at her “this stuff is NOT SMALL”. But as I have gotten older and more mature (?) I realized how true her words are. Life is about finding a way to laugh at the small stuff because there is bigger stuff that you will definitely sweat over.” – Kerrin
“A memorable piece of advice from my mom was “Don’t post pictures of yourself dressed like Baby Spice with a lollipop on the internet.” In hindsight, really good advice.” – Lydia
“Clean as you cook.” Instead of waiting until your meal is over, clean the pile of pots and pans in the sink as you go. Take advantage of the extra time in between- when the turkey is cooking in the oven, gravy is warming up on the stove and you’re waiting for guests to arrive. Can you tell I’m excited for Thanksgiving?” –Brina
“My mom always emphasized how important it is to “Get along with your siblings. You only have each other.” It’s so true that we’re born with built in best friends in our siblings. When the unfortunate time comes and our parents are no longer here, we will still have each other. On a lighter note, she is also a firm believer that “Friday at 5 o’clock is happy hour.”–Hannah
“Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold.” My mom used to sing this song to me all the time when I was little. Making new friends is great and valuable, but don’t forget the friends who have been there for you since day one. My mom modeled this advice by always making time for a phone call with friends, even as she was busy taking care of two daughters. She never burned bridges, and she wasn’t afraid to be the first one to reach out.” – Deanna
And as a finale, my twin sister Elise and I came up with a list of a few of our mom’s gems:
- “Life is short. Drink out of your crystal glasses.”
- “Don’t envy the people who appear to have ‘everything’. Their lives usually suck.”
- “Don’t let people underestimate you because of your size.” (She is 4’11)
- “Understand that there is no such thing as ‘supermom’. Every mom is knee deep in vomit at some point.”
- “Use a good moisturizer and you will never have wrinkles.” She doesn’t have any.
Love you mom! Happy Mother’s Day!