It's my mom's birthday today.

This is one of my favorite pictures of her.

It was 1970-something, a picture snapped on a hike, leaning against a tree on a cool fall day.

There are a lot of things I learned from my mother, but today I'm posting a few that come right to mind.

Do not tell lies.

Money isn't everything. You don't need a lot of it to be happy.

Simple things are often better.

Family is the most important thing, and you need to spend time with them and love them even when they aren't behaving well.

When clothes shopping, always try things on. You never really know how something will look until you try it on.

Your clothes should fit well and be flattering. (never too tight)

How to make sure a bra fits properly.

It is possible to be in love forever. (with the same person)

In marriage, pick your battles.

Cussing, particularly the "F word", isn't ladylike. (sorry mom)

Rings are really nice.

Any shop with old stuff qualifies as an antique shop.

Gift giving is a way to show love, not just an excuse to spend money.

If the Amish made it, it's better.

Read a lot of books.

Go to church.

Pray for people.

Sophisticated doesn't have anything to do with fancy or snooty.

Always be kind and do not judge others.

I can do anything.

Me and Mom

Happy Birthday!

I love you!


Unknown said...

Your Mom taught you a lot of really good stuff. I can relate to most of it. Well, all of it, really, except the bra part.

Amy said...

lceel: HA -- that's funny!

Ringleader said...

This made me cry. Thanks for sharing what it can be like to feel that way toward your mom- I hope mine feels this way about me when she is grown.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Happy birthday to your mom...she's a beautiful lady just like you!

Anonymous said...

Awww -- that's lovely!

Amy said...

ringleader - I hope my daughter will have good things to say, at least mostly, as well.

I love that last picture. I recall she went to some lengths to get me those denim tennis shoes with the orange laces. Stylin! I'm sure I whined annoyingly about those shoes...

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tribute to your ma. And, I love the f word aside. HEE HEE.

Rachel said...

That picture is absolutely beautiful. I love it, it's set up so perfectly. I hope you have that framed somewhere.

that is all wonderful advice and a wonderful tribute to an obviously smart and spectacular woman.

The last picture, priceless.

Vodka Mom said...

that made me happy, and sad at the same time. You have a wonderful mother.

Cynthia said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom...Oh, and I can do your badge change...I have to email you...

Lisa Dunick said...

What wonderful pictures! You sound like you have a fabulous mother:)

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

I like your Mom. She sounds vaguely familiar to mine. A common sense, fair, loving approach.

And that picture? I see why you adore it. Lovely.

Felicia said...

I loved this post! Happy Birthday (belated) to your mom from me!

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