A few weeks ago, I read this sweet post on A Cup of Jo and it inspired me to write my own post of 10 things my mother has taught me (there are hundreds more, but I'll keep it at 10 for today). I think that mothers and daughters have a very special relationship--just look at this Mary Cassatt painting, and all the others she did of mothers and daughters together. Little girls learn so much from their mothers, often simply by watching them and spending time with them.
So here's my list--what would be on yours?
Painting by Mary Cassatt / Image Source
When you're cooking, clean up the kitchen as you go and save yourself some headache after the meal.
Taking a hot bath is one of the best ways to relax. And baths are always better with a book.
Staying home to raise your children is the best gift you can ever give them.
Learn to communicate well--keep in touch with people, follow up if they contact you--it's such a simple way to treat others with kindness and respect.
Money spent on books and music is money very well-spent.
Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is a cinch (at least she always made it look that way!).
Clothes-shopping in a large mall is the least pleasant form of shopping (growing up, I didn't understand this; now, I completely, 100-percent agree).
Even if you haven't cooked a thing in two days, the stove may or may not be on every time you pull out of the driveway. Better to pull back in and check.
"Let go and let God"--when you're stressed, anxious, worried, overwhelmed, sad. Or call your mother-- she'll remind you to "let go and let God," and throw in some wonderful advice and love on the side.