Things my mother’s taught me

Always carry Kleenex.

Family is everything. And everybody is family.

Long drives, iced tea and digging in the dirt are some of the greatest things in life.

There’s no such thing as a stranger, especially when you’re trapped in a hospital waiting room.

What’s one or two or four extra kids spending the night – just throw a few more quilts on the floor and make a pallet.

Purses should weigh no less than 40 pounds. And no matter how much your kids make fun of you for everything that you carry in that purse, sooner or later, they’re gonna ask “Mom, do you have…?” and then be grateful when you do.

Even though you yourself are terrified of water, never refuse your daughters, nieces and nephews when they beg you to take them swimming at the murkiest, muddiest pond in Pottawatomie County.  (And by the way, packing 8-10 rowdy kids into a station wagon to drive an hour – or three or four – to the mountains, or Crossroads Mall, or the water park, or Six Flags, is just something you do. Because you’re Mom.)

There is no such thing as too much chocolate, and if there’s coconut pie on the menu, there’s no such thing as “too full for dessert.”

Strong is as strong does. You might not be the best person during the emergencies, but when it comes to the long-haul, you have the smarts, strength and courage of 10,000 men.

Always be the Kool-Aid mom. Even if your own children are grown and moved away, there will always be kids in the neighborhood who need a cookie, a glass of Kool-Aid, a listening ear, a loving hug, and the assurance that there’s at least one grown-up in the world who believes that they are special.

You are the hero to more people than you will ever know.

Always carry Kleenex.


For Mom, on her 80th birthday

Mom & great-nephew Canon Photo by Dana M. Gillespie

Mom & great-nephew Canon
(photo by Dana M. Gillespie)



About Vicki Caroline Cheatwood

Writerly. Rebooting. Evolving. Searching for great chicken salad.
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