Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bound for Mom ~ Lessons for the Road

The Bound for Mom blogging mini-series Carnival, hosted by geneabloggers.

Driving Lessons: along every mile with Mom there was usually a lesson or something to be learned – whether it was obvious to you then or now. Collect her “Momisms,” her favorite sayings, her tips and tricks – all the neat stuff she gave you so you’d make your own journey safely.

Lessons for the Road~

This is a tough one for me and not because Mom didn't teach me life lessons but the opposite, she taught me so many. So many that I just do without thinking about it, I just have a hard time verbally expressing them.

One lesson that stands out the most for me is that she taught me to always come from love, compassion, kindness, and patience. She beleived that you should put yourself in one's shoes. She was and always is there for me unconditionally, that seems to be how I am and have always been. I do have more patience than many other Mom's.

She also taught me to use common sense and to be safe "out there". It was hard for her the day that I left home because I was only 18 years old. However I do know that with all the lessons she had taught me that I was ready and I never had to move back home, but I knew if I needed too I could. She raised me with strength, manners and respect... alot of respect.

One of her Momism's that stands out since I was a little girl was, "come over here so I can spank you". I knew that she was only kidding and she knew she would get that "what, do you think I am stupid" expression from me. I would not be silly enough to go over there so that she could spank me. We would laugh about it!

Mom taught me so much and more than I had realized until I started thinking about it. It's just difficult for me because I am still having a hard time putting it into words and being able to write it here. All I can say is that my mom is an incredible mother that worked full time, managed to teach me to take care of myself, to take pride in my home and that family comes first.

Mom taught me many German and American traditions, such as an old fashioned Christmas complete with a traditional German Christmas Tree. All of this created a warm, secure and loving life that I share with my family and continue to practice with out having to think about. It just flows naturally, the life lessons from my mother that are priceless.

1 comment:

Janet Iles said...

It is hard to think of specifics that our mothers taught us but I think they are in our subconscience when we go to do something.

It is great that she shared some of the German traditions.