This one, however, held my attention. The announcer said, “Ok, Mothers Day is coming up this weekend. So here’s my question for all of you: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?”
Right out of the gate, the phone-in responses were interesting. The first caller said that she would be forever grateful to her mother for saying that the key to life was “staying strong in the face of adversity.” Other valued motherly advice included:
- “Always tell the truth.”
- “Wear sunscreen!”
- “Find humor in everything.”
- “The mess will be there tomorrow, spend time with your kids!”
- “Only God can judge you.”
- “Keep studying.”
- “Plan ahead, and don’t be afraid to take a nap.”
A few callers reported that their mothers were not very good at giving advice, or really at mothering. I felt deep sympathy for these folk. I am one of those people who got lucky in the mother lottery.
My mom was supportive, strong and smart. She was an amazing gardener and cook. She could drive a John Deere 8430 tractor and was crazy competitive at Trivial Pursuit. She wasn’t big on dispensing proverbial wisdom, but I always knew where I stood with her.
Watching her approach life and faith with gusto and grace was all the counsel I ever needed. I still miss her mightily.
I know Mothers Day brings up all kinds of thoughts and emotions, but maybe a good place to start is where the radio announcer did: What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?
Please post here, my wise friends. I am eager to hear your thoughts.
P.S. My favorite Mothers Day hymn is actually one that we usually sing on Thanksgiving: “Now Thank We All Our God” which contains the beautiful line, “Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way. With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”