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Life Lessons My Mom Taught Me

Last year on Mother’s Day, I wrote about the women in my life (not just my Mom) who were instrumental in raising and mothering me. This year, I planned on expanding that list with some of the other key women in my life, but changed my mind and decided to share some of the life lessons my mom taught me over the years.

Despite being pretty much polar opposites in personality, I find that the older I get, the more I have in common with my mom. Last spring we went on a last-minute trip together, and it was one of the most eye-opening and memorable experiences for me.

At an early age, she started teaching us the value of a dollar, and how to do simple tasks like balance a checkbook. Even though online banking is super convenient, I still spend time each week double checking my expenses against what the statements show, despite the fact that any time I’ve ever busted out the checkbook in front of others I am sure to be ridiculed or teased about it. For me, it’s reassuring to know exactly how much money I have in each account, and actually writing out my purchases helps me stay on my budget or alert me to areas where I have weaknesses (such as any trip to Target). Smart money management is something that many people in my generation don’t practice, and I’m hoping that when the time comes for me to purchase my first home that the lessons my mom taught me (and that I practice) pay off.

Another skill I can thank my mom for is the art of sewing, and other craft related skills. I can’t remember how old I was when she taught me how to sew on a button, or how to stitch in a straight line, but those two simple skills have come in handy over the years. Knowing the basics on how to operate a sewing machine or sew by hand inspired me to learn some of the more complex skills (such as machine embroidery or even creating a garment from just a pattern), and I am thankful that my mom instilled the desire in me to create and be proud of things I’ve made with my own hands. Over the years, some of my crafts projects have turned out much worse than anticipated, but being able to say I at least tried and was able to learn from any mistakes is still something to be proud of.

One last big life lesson I learned from my mom that I’ll share today is the importance of following directions. When it comes to things like cooking, my mom has always followed a motto of, “I hope this is close enough,” when a recipe called for an ingredient that she didn’t have on hand, and while sometimes the last-minute substitution worked, more often than not the end results weren’t exactly anything to brag about. Some of the creative substitutions are still family jokes, and since my mom has a wonderful sense of humor, never seems to mind if we groan (in jest) when she states that she is cooking something new. ┬áMy own cooking skills aren’t anywhere near that of either my older sister or brother, but I’ve learned that making sure I have everything on the list and following the directions is always a smart idea.

The list could keep going, with things such as having a good sense of humor, or the art of storytelling, or how to have a keen sense of fashion, but I think those items will be better if saved for another day.

I don’t always say it as much as I should, but I am extremely grateful for everything my mom has taught me over the years, so Thank You, Mom for always being there for me!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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