I get it from my momma

As I’ve gotten older, as it is with most folks, it’s become clearer to me how much more similar I’ve gotten to my mom.  Things I’ve inherited from her include: my increasingly obvious passive aggressive tendencies, freckles that bloom in the sunshine, gracious hostess skills, ever-lightening hair, and emotional sensitivity.  

My mother has always been the soft-hearted one, the one who feels sympathy and empathy for everyone.  She’s the social butterfly who befriends strangers and makes people feel comfortable and at home.  My mother also gives her best and most favourite things to others.  She’s the consummate sharer and those things that she didn’t give me, she taught me, like the following:

- How to apply liquid eyeliner to your waterline without crying.  To this day, I still wince when I do it

- How health fads and diets are meant to be tried and experimented, in the truest N = 1 fashion

- How to keep an open and flexible mind about doing things that others love and share with you

- Warm and comfortable is more important than stylish and impressive

- Reading out loud is a wonderful way of incorporating the thing you love with the people you love

- Swimming is an important skill to learn, especially if you are going to be up a creek in a canoe without a paddle

- Forgive and forget quickly and easily.  You have other more urgent things to do and spend your time on

- Use butter - the good kind and the more expensive, the better

- If you f*ck up, apologize and apologize, quickly and sincerely

- Sometimes it’s important to forget about perfectionism and just get things done

Thank you mom for all the lessons learned.  Happy Mother’s Day!


  1. That makes your Momma a very kind and loving person, but something tells me you already knew that. Thanks for sharing. I still find it hard to forgive and forget quickly and easily. My bad.

    I hope you're doing fine.


  2. What a great Mom you have! And the lessons she taught. Wow. I'm gonna have to re-read this every day to start teaching myself some of these truths. Happy early Mother's day to all the Momma's out there!

  3. You're mom sounds like an amazing person, especially since she uses lots and lots of high quality butter. Yum!

  4. Your mama sounds altogether delightful! I hope she had a fabulous day . . .

  5. What a sweet post, Rooth:) Your momma sounds like a cool person like her daughter.

  6. Oh I always catch myself when I do something that my mom used to do. The mannerisms get me the most... it's like.. how I really picked that up from my mom huh. And the way she laughs. A certain way she laughs. I couldn't believe how similar I sounded :)

  7. The butter one is good! I wish I learned how to save money line a baller from my mom.

  8. What wonderful lessons! I love this.


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