Things Learned From Mom (the lesser list)

Quote of the Day:     “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”     –Rudyard Kipling

A day late, but Mom’s don’t hold that sort of thing against you:

  1. Brag about your kids to your friends, in careful moderation. Brag about your friends’ kids freely.
  2. That giving someone the last word in no way, shape or form suggests you agree with them.
  3. Never criticize some other Mom’s kid at a ballgame.
  4. Ice cream is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. (I learned on my own there are other things to be ingested that also serve as proof of this love.)
  5. Just because most of the neighbors leave all their furniture at the street after a hurricane surges into their home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hang on to the pieces you love and spend the next six months stripping and sanding and finishing them back in to shape.
  6. Don’t get mad often or easily. But when you do, do something about it.
  7. How to make some dang good tacos that are a little different than usual and how to make crackers and peanut butter and marshmallows toasted in the oven (but not how to give those crackers a catchy name).
  8. When you are full, stop eating. You don’t have to clean your plate if its gonna hurt. Just get less next time.
  9. If someone doesn’t like the way you read a map, tell them to pull over and read it themselves.
  10. Life is possible without the internet. However, usage of a rotary phone without caller ID and call waiting must at some point give way to a push button phone with not only caller ID and call waiting, but unlimited long distance. How else are you keep all your friends up to date on the greatness of your kids and grandkids?

And since I spent so much time at Mamoo’s growing up, a few (lesser) things learned from her:

  • No throwing balls at (testicles).
  • Don’t ever tell a bunch of punk kids they can say anything except for a few specified words.
  • Never leave tomorrow’s pot pie in the refrigerator if your twenty year old son is at Hula’s.
  • Certain antique buffets are worth preserving and even moving, no matter the permanent physical and emotional damage inflicted upon your sons’ ARB’s.
  • English pea casserole–a lot better than it sounds.
  • Doilies are not acceptable indoor substitutes for whiffle balls.
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About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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7 Responses to Things Learned From Mom (the lesser list)

  1. Zeek says:

    Happy Mother’s day to all the moms of the world. As one who lost his mom some 18 years ago, I can tell the rest of you lucky enough to still have yours around that a big hug and kiss to the old broad is necessary and appreciated. No one loves you like your Momma and we all are guilty of not appreciating them as much as we should. Please let her know how much you love, honor and respect her while you have the chance. I miss mine dearly to this day and pray she hears this little shout out. Happy Mother’s Day Mary B., you are the best!!!!

  2. Sweet says:

    Doilyball, gotta love it. Youngsters these days don’t have that kind of imagination.

  3. Wasn’t the clock a triple?

    Zeek, I have a story about Mary B and my brother that Q’s brother sent me. I’ve been planning to write it up. It’s pretty funny and I can just picture the both of them reacting to one another.

    I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news of her passing…

  4. bwbuzz says:

    I feel ur pain Zeke, lost my mother in 94. Many times I think of something to tell her or to thank her for, especially since I am a parent myself. It is to late now. If you think you should thank your mom, even for the smallest moment, do it.

  5. bwbuzz says:

    After re-reading Zeeks comment, he really hits the nail on the head.

  6. Jessie Lou says:

    I got the HMD call at 7:30 am and it was a great way to start my day. I am blessed to have a child that can express how he feels and he does so on a regular basis. He used to make me breakfast in bed for Mom’s Day and it was always special to me that he took the time to do it. Those are some of my fondest memories. Those are the best gifts – the handmade ones.

    Zeek – great advice for all of us. I think Mary knows just how you feel.

  7. Zeek says:

    Thanks guys, and looking forward to hearing that story TB. I did not mean for this to turn toward Mary and me, though. I just lost my fav uncle last week too an dI was able to say goodbye to him, unlike mom and dad, so that meant a lot to me. I just know how easy it is to get caught up in our everyday lives with work, kids, etc. Life is short and if there is anyone on this earth who you owe a big thanks to for how you turned out, it’s MOM!!!

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