I would like to publicly announce that my mom is in fact
better than your mom!
Sorry, but it's true.
Deal with it.
Here are some things I've learned from The Faezerator over the years:
- The importance of Christ-like service and kindness. She gives both freely and abundantly.
- How to be thrifty, shop for bargains, and clip coupons.
- "You're skinny enough! You don't need to exercise!" (Reiterated throughout high school and college on the rare occasions I tried to start working out regularly. Although she hasn't mentioned it lately...!)
- "It takes two to fight." (Told repeatedly to my sister Jenny and I if we ever tried to tattle on the other person.)
- How to be a great Hostess--(you over-feed your guests, in case you were wondering...!) even if it was a role she didn't always relish. (She did all the work while the rest of the family enjoyed the company.)
- How to make homemade whole wheat bread, cook a turkey, and make Taco Soup Stuff.
- If you insult someone you have to say three nice things to them to repair the damage to their psyche.
- Popularity isn't worth it. (Not worth tears, and definitely not worth the price of Gerbaud Jeans or an Espirit Book Bag.)
- Doug is a great man, you're lucky to have him, quit picking on him, he's always right! (She always takes the side of the in-laws, darn her!) (Of course, I DID know the first part.)
- To love reading. Starting in first grade, after being diagnosed with "borderline ADD", I climbed in bed with her every evening to read. First she read to me, then gradually, I started reading to her. I went from being a slow reader, to one of the best in the class that year. Being a good reader is the only thing that made school bearable for ADD-me.
- To love good music. I remember many dates to see Symphonies and Operas with her as a kid. She was also the one who drove Jenny and I to weekly violin lessons, orchestra practices, and recitals. (Plus, she listened to a LOT of church music which is why I know all the words to every Janice Kapp Perry song ever written--and who sings them.)
- To love children and find joy in motherhood. You'll never find someone who loves or nurtures her grand-babies more. And I know she was the same with me and my siblings.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!
- There's always hope. (Even after getting breast cancer twice, losing a home, and being divorced.)
- How to be a great mom! (I just try to follow her example.)
You're the best Mommy! I love you lots and lots!!!