I wanna talk to you about the things my mother taught me.
She didn’t sit me down in a chair and give me long lectures. These are the things I learned by growing up in her home.
My mother seemed smart when I was in elementary school, but honestly, not so smart through high school and college.
I had an aha moment when I got married and had children of my own.
She had taught me mostly by example. By doing.
I learned that you get in more trouble for lying and getting caught than if you told the truth in the first place.
She taught me to have my kids dry a freshly washed kitchen floor, by putting towels under their feet and having them slide around.
But one of the best lessons learned was to bring your spouse with you on a Saturday to do all the grocery shopping. Walking up and down every aisle, waiting in line to pay, driving to the next store for their deals, and doing all that over again, may be the only one-on-one quality time you spend with your spouse that week without children, television, telephone and other household chores tearing you apart.
And your kids? Don’t worry. When you get home, they’ll voluntarily put everything away so they can see what you bought.
She led by example how to be in the world.
Live Graciously, always full of love, joy, and life.
And always wear lipstick. Love you mom.
I’m Marla. Thanks for listening. See ya.