11 Things Mom Tried to Teach Me


Mom and Me circa 1999.

In no particular order, here are eleven things I learned from Mom, along with my own comments on her life lessons.

1) Travel the world.
Okay Mom, I’m with you on this one.

2) Gold jewelry is always in style.
Yeah, you’re probably right.

3) You can never have enough jewelry.
Well I might have agreed with you on this, until I found out exactly how much jewelry you actually had.

4) Garage sales are fun.
Up to a point.

5) When putting a tip on a restaurant credit card bill, make sure your total has no cents.
Mom, your OCD is showing.

6) Don’t wear white before Memorial Day, or after Labor Day.
Or is it the other way around? I can never remember.

7) Anything old will eventually become collectible.

8) Anything collectible will eventually become valuable.
Hmmm. Maybe.

9) Don’t throw anything out. It might become old, collectible and valuable.
No comment because when I was a child, some random kid taught me, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

10) If you keep all your clothes forever, they will all eventually come back into style.
See #9.

11) Only wear comfortable shoes.
I fought you on this one for many, many years, Mom, but you have me now!

P.S. This post is part of a Generation Fabulous blog hop honoring our mums (and all their quirks) for Mother’s Day.


  1. says

    My mom said the same thing about white. And then I moved from CA to VA and I learned about the southern woman’s version where Memorial Day is supplanted by Derby Day, which comes a few weeks early. But no matter, my aging skin looks horrid against white, so now it’s “Don’t wear white after 40″ for me.

  2. says

    That’s funny. I’m with her on #1 and #4, and used to agree with several others until I realized I had too much junk and too many clothes I didn’t wear. I think your mom must be a lot of fun, though!

    • says

      Thanks, Barbara. Yes, Mom loves to laugh. Which reminds me of something else she taught me:

      #12 A sense of humor is a sign of intelligence.

      And anyone who’s met my husband knows that I agree with Mom on that one!