In lieu of Mother’s Day this weekend, I thought it would be fun to write a themed post dedicated to my own Mom. Deb reads my blog- I catch her snooping sometimes, while other times she’ll see something I wrote about and make a comment to me. Either way, she should feel extra special to have an entire post dedicated to her, right?
Back when Borders was going out of business, they had a big sale, so I picked up a few books at half-off. One of those books was full of tips and tricks on a variety of issues, including how to get red wine stains out of clothes, how to get over a breakup and how to dress for your body shape. It got me thinking, “Wow, my Mom has taught me a lot of these little things.” Although they may seem silly or small, the truth is that they have helped me in a variety of situations and will continue to do so in the future. With that being said, here are some words of wisdom from my very own mother- some are silly, some are serious and some are just plain genius!
Never over-pluck your eyebrows
My mom always stressed that full eyebrows looked better, and noted that hers will never grow back in fully because she over-plucked hers in her younger years. Although sometimes I’d go a little pluck-happy (and she would be the first to notice and scold me!), I’ve kept mine fairly full and avoided the “constantly surprised” look that tons of girls have.
Use ice cubes to get rid of indents on carpets from furniture
Every year when we take down our Christmas tree, the stand leaves these ugly indents in our carpet. This also happens when you move around furniture in a room. My mom always placed an ice cube over each of the indents and let them melt. Within a day or two, the indents went away the carpet looked like new. Who knew?
Don’t care what other people think
Although I’ve always had a hard time with this one, it’s so true. In college and the years after, I became very concerned with what people thought of me. When a girl hated me for no reason, I felt upset. When a guy made a joke about me being too thin, I would cry. I cared a lot about what people thought of me and it made me anxious and unhappy. After a particular issue with a group of girls plotting against me for no reason, I vented to my Mom in the car. She told me, “Who cares what these people think? They aren’t the type of people you WANT to hang out with and be friends with, right? True friends and good people won’t say those things about you or act that way. You’re too mature for their immature ways”. Shes’s right- don’t let people who don’t matter control your life.
What are some life lessons- silly or serious- that your mother has taught you?