MAY 2011: Editor's Note - Let's Talk About Moms.
Author: Maggie Washo
I think they have the hardest job in the world. This is not a job that you ease into either. It starts out difficult from day one with a general feeling of nausea and the sacrificing of your body as you play host to a new life for nine months. Can you have a martini to get you through the general feeling of disgust as you watch your body grow from a size 4 to a size 10 over a few short months? No you cannot.
Then comes the best part—the excruciating pain of delivery while a minimum of five people you’ve never met before look on from the sidelines. Then the fun really begins. No sleep. No time for yourself or your husband. A hold on your career for a few years. Romantic trips to Paris become timeshare trips to Disney World.
I love my mom for all she gave up to be the best mom she could be—not just to me, but to my four siblings and at times my father. (Sorry Dad—you know it’s true.) Just being responsible for one child is a challenge, but five?! It’s a wonder we all turned out okay. Although I guess that is just my opinion.
So, to honor my mother, I will share some of the best advice she has given me, either by example or actual spoken word:
1.) You attract more flies with honey than you do with vinegar—kill ’em with kindness!
2.) Do not give your adult children advice unless they ask for it. This is especially pertinent when it comes to their love lives.
3.) Have a positive attitude no matter what.
4.) Always use extra sharp New York cheddar in your macaroni & cheese.
5.) Choose your battles wisely.
6.) If you can make a mess, you can clean it up. (Boy does this apply to so many things!)
7.) Looks fade, so you had better work on that personality.
8.) If you want something done right, do it yourself.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful women, and especially my own mother.
This month, I celebrate you.