My Mom is one of the smartest and strongest people I know.
How do I know? Well, she raised me. And believe me when I tell you, that was no easy task.
In the twenty-something years since I was born, I have learned a thing or two from my Mom.
In no particular order, here are some of the things she has (very patiently) taught me:
- It is not OK to drive late at night in a strange neighborhood with your best friends when you are only 16. You get your license taken away for that. And not by the state either, folks.
- When she says we are leaving for a certain time, she means it. You will get left behind. Trust me.
- She is always right when it comes to seeing a person for who they really are. How I wish I had learned to recognize that one waaaaay earlier in life!
- How to drive. Ask her about the mailbox incident. She never tires of that story. ;-)
- Bladder Control. "I asked you if you needed to go before we left the house. You'll just have to hold it until we get there."
- Finances. "What do I look like? A bank? If you want it, you'll have to earn it."
- An infinite number of ways to cook hot dogs when you're on a budget. Weenie stew, weenie casserole, weenie and chili mac, boiled weenies, cold weenies...
- Play-time with your younger brother is best spent away from the stairs. Apparently pushing your sibling down the stairs in a laundry basket is a bad decision. Can't blame a nerd for testing the laws of physics!
- Always wear clean underwear in case you end up in an ambulance or hospital. Just a thought here: if I were in a bad enough situation (a car accident, let's say) to warrant an ambulance or hospital visit, I think they kind of expect that my underwear will *not* be clean at that point.
- The power of prayer. "You better pray this stain comes out."
- Gratefulness. "You'll thank me some day."