Weigh In - What's The Best Advice Your Mother Ever Gave You?
Sometime this year, somewhere, someone will be celebrating Motherís Day, or the cultural equivalent of the ubiquitous celebration we mark here in the United States with breakfasts in bed and crayon scribbles of ďI Love You.Ē
This year in America we will celebrate Motherís Day on Sunday, May 8. In Great Britain, Mothering Day was celebrated on April 6. Around the world, the dates when mothers are feted vary, from May 27 in Bolivia, June 27 in Kenya, October 18 in Argentina, and December 22 in Indonesia.
Geography aside, mothers everywhere have a lot in common. Apart from showering love and affection on their children, mothers also give them the benefit of their advice. A wise child once said, ďMothers only offer advice on two occasions: when you want it and when you don't.Ē
My mother is no longer here to dispense advice when I need it, yet I believe that so much of what I know was influenced by listening and watching my mother interact with others over a lifetime. She is still today the little voice inside my head that chimes in, invited or not, whenever I am weighing in on a decision or a course of action.
Children of any age, no one knows you better than your mom, so listen and learn while you can. Moms, thanks for the advice . . . and keep it coming.
In our little corner of the world at Monmouth Mall, people were taking advantage of spring sales and counting down the days until Motherís Day. Hereís what they had to say about the best advice their mothers ever gave them.
| ||Never talk to strangers and always keep a roof over your head.|
| ||To always be humble. My mother was always humble and very sweet.|
| ||Listen to your mother and work hard.|
Sheís still giving me advice! Watch who your friends are.
Marry a woman who can take care of you.
God rest my motherís soul. Do what your heart tells you to do. But who listens to good advice?
She never really gave me that much advice but never talk to strangers; I remember that Ė thatís a definite!
Donít even know if Iíve ever gotten advice from my mother except be yourself.
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My Mother always told me to wear clean underwear. I guess she didnít want me to get into an accident and have the EMTs see dirty underpants...yeah because thatís what they are looking for!
Make sure you get a good education and you can do anything you want in life.
Use spell check on your college application. She also taught us how to use tools, WD-40. She was a real hands-on mom.
-Barbara Lovell Napoli
Gianna Ė Work hard and your dreams will come true. Kate Ė Always believe in what you want to be. Caroline Ė Always listen to your mother!
-Caroline, Gianna, and Kate Lavallee
Her advice really was more practical than just telling us things. She taught us how to drive a stick. She was always the mother our boyfriends would want to talk to.
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Think before you speak.
Put your pants on one leg at a time Ė always her advice when I have too much to do!
Never invite a guy out on a date first. In my life I have done this only once. My mother was right.
Donít drink and drive.
Always do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.
Do your homework every night. Except I get Fridays off from homework.
Donít worry, everything always works out. And sheís right!
Finish school and go to college. Now Iím working on my masters.