This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. Boy, was it bittersweet. Although I miss her tremendously, I didn’t focus on losing her. I focused on the time I had with her. I told myself, “Yes my mom is gone. I’m not going to focus on losing her. I’m instead going to focus on the lessons she taught me.”
Take time for yourself: Every week my mom had “me” time, whether she went out with her friends or out dancing. She loved to go dancing. Or just sit in her room reading her magazines. I knew not to mess with her when she was reading her Soap Magazine.
Kill them with kindness: She used to tell me, “Yes, you will meet people you don’t always mesh with. Just be kind to them.”
You might have to snap: When killing them with kindness doesn’t work, sometimes you have to snap. People will take your kindness for weakness.
Laugh a lot: Boy, did we do that! If you know me, you know I do laugh a lot.
Take care of yourself: This is nothing she said to me directly, but just viewing her and her health issues, I vowed that I don’t want go through that. Nor do I want my children to have to go through that.
Live your dreams: In the very last conversations I had with my mother, I asked her if she had done all she wanted to do. She said, “No, but I want you to. When I’m gone I’ll be watching you, so live your dreams.”
|The last day we spoke|
Thinking about her watching me, I couldn’t be sad. What are some lessons you’ve learned from your mother?
|Boy did I adore her|