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What I Learned from Mom
Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, 5:18 p.m.

Question: What's so good about February 9th?

What I Learned: Moms rule.

Yesterday was my momís birthday. Today it snowed. It made me think about how she told me it was snowing on the day I, her firstborn, came into the world. I really appreciate her having me during a snowy day, as I am sure she would rather have hung around at home staying warm and drinking a nice cup of cocoa. Thanks, Mom.

Over the years I have learned a lot from my mom.

She taught me how to:

  • Make rainbows with rhinestones and sunlight,
  • Separate the laundry the right way Ė no darks with the lights, thank you,
  • Make potato pancakes with a grater instead of out of a box (like I do now - sorry, Mom),
  • Make a light show in the living room with just a flashlight and some music.
She taught me the importance of:
  • Knowing the names of things Ė birds, trees, flowers,
  • Taking time to watch a sunset,
  • Talking to your kids and making sure they know how much they are loved,
  • A good cup of tea.
She taught me to appreciate:
  • Writing poetry,
  • Having a garden (roses a plus),
  • A real home-cooked meal (or at least a meal eaten at home),
  • A house thatís a home.
She taught me to remember to:
  • Feed the birds in the winter,
  • Sleep in once in awhile,
  • Create memories,
  • Keep a journal.
She taught me the value of:
  • Reading biographies,
  • Collecting quotations,
  • Being a warm and giving person,
  • Remaining positive and remembering to laugh once in awhile.

Of course, there are a thousand things more but I like this list because it shows the spectrum of ways that she has made a difference in my life. I hope I can keep the ball rolling with my own kids and that someday they will have their own list for me Ė even if they never take the time to write it down. And I hope itís a good one and it makes them smile just like Iím smiling right now as I think about my mom.

Happy Birthday, Mom.

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