This post is in honor of my mother, Irene, who passed away 9 years ago. I read this at her funeral.
All I Really Need to Know I Learned from My Mother
It has been said by Robert Fulghum that “all I really need to know I learned in kindergarten,” but I am of the belief that the most important lessons in my life were learned at the feet of my mother.
These are the most significant:
Love your children equally
People are more important than things
Enjoy a good joke
Don’t ever retire: Volunteer and serve others
Spend money wisely. A person never wastes money waiting to spend it
Simple and few are better than complicated and many
Eat balanced meals
Don’t waste resources. Even a small scrap of paper is worth saving to write a note or two
Rest in the afternoon
Read good books: Some informational, some spiritual, and some purely recreational
Most importantly: Whatever life brings you, always count your blessings
These are lessons learned over a lifetime, as my relationship with my mother changed from her caring for me as a baby to later years when we chatted on the phone long distance or sat at the table enjoying each other’s company.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. Faith and love and trust. Economics, equality, ecology, and healthy living.
AND at the risk of offending those great kindergarten teachers out there, life lessons are just that: lessons learned over a lifetime, not in one short year. I am grateful that I had a mother who was patient enough to teach them to me.