In a bid to harness the internet to preserve your most valuable memories, LifePosts teamed up with publishers across the country on Mother’s Day to collect stories and lessons learned from moms.
More than a hundred people shared the best advice they got from mom, and their favorite memories. Here are our favorite submissions.
“I broke up with my first real boyfriend in college, and as I cried, my mom asked, were you in love with him or the idea of him? That question has changed my view of dating and singleness for the better.”
“As long as your mother loves you, you will never feel not loved..”
“Learn as much as you can from the teachers you have and never mind if they don’t understand you”
Dr. Cleo J. Allen
“Do what you can, that’s all you can do.” When I was being lazy, the emphasis was on the first part of the sentence. When I was worried about the outcome of something, the emphasis was on the latter part.
“Don’t skimp on your shoes, your haircut or your mattress.
Jacqueline Coder Cunningham
“If you put enough nut bowls on your end tables, people won’t notice your apartment looks like hell.”
“No one could stretch a dollar like my mom, Lela Higgins. Her favorite bargain story was about lipstick. She was, among other things, a “lady Marine” (yes, they did call them lady marines!) in WWII. One cosmetics company made a lipstick shade called “military red”, which they provided free to all women in the armed forces. After the war, she bought their lipstick for the rest of her life. Free lipstick became the standard by which all bargains were measured. She has been gone many years now, and every bargain I find and red lipstick I see reminds me of her.”
“One of my favorite memories is her enjoyment of hot fudge sundaes. She was always brave enough to ask for extra hot fudge! I was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and there is a famous frozen custard place called Ted Drewes that has been around since the 1950’s. Even when she could no longer talk, she LOVED to go to Ted Drewes for “a small with extra fudge”. Her beaming smile said it all.”
“Fishing for brim at the country club in Atlanta, taking them home, cleaning them & frying them up !!! She never complained about life & always looks at the bright side of things … her unconditional love & faith have been such an amazing part of my life”
My mom taught me how to care for other people and ask for little in return. Throughout my childhood, Mom adopted elderly neighbors, picking up their groceries, shuttling them around to church and medical appointments, baking them cakes on their birthdays. Mom has a knack for finding people who can’t rely on anyone else and she becomes their rock. She makes a lot of lives a little brighter.
— Chantal Berman
The dresses. My mom made all our holiday and special occasion dresses growing up, and a lot of our school dresses too. I can still remember the white ric-rac on the hems of these outfits. Our dresses were always matching (of course), so eventually that meant that mom was making four in different sizes. But very thankful there are no more pictures of those yellow Easter outfits.
— Virginia Citrano