Special Mother’s Day Post: All I Really Need to Know I Learned from My Mother

12 May

Mother's Day 2013

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:

Worship God

Love your children equally

Cherish friendships

People are more important than things

Be forgiving

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.

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