My mother taught (and still teaches) by example. These are the lessons I gleaned from her:
5. Always offer someone else the bigger piece of pie, or better yet, the whole pie. No matter how badly you want it, it’ll never taste as good if eaten under selfish motives.
4. Always welcome a phone call from a loved one. Even if you’re too busy, too tired, or too distracted. Stop, listen, and make them feel like the most important person in the world.
3. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all–unless the other person deserves it. Then give them a thoughtful, methodical, even-toned, wickedly-smart toungue lashing.
2. Always have your husband’s back. Always. Even when your daughter comes to you in tears after an argument she had with her father, because deep down you know they’re just alike, and she will realize that someday.
1. Give your love abundantly, even when you think the well may run dry. Because someday, all the love you pour out will return to you–replenishing your supply so the cycle never ends.
My mother is the toughest, gentlest person I know. As comforting as a warm fleece robe, as powerful as a mighty Kansas thunderstorm. My beautiful, courageous, selfless mother. I love you.