We may be different, but I have learned a lot from my mom over the years. Such as...
1. The power of the middle name. I was a generally well-behaved child who didn't get in trouble often. But when I did, I knew it was bad if my mom middle-named me. And the way she raised her voice and emphasized the last syllable (Caroline Cecil-YYYAAAAAA) was terrifying. Whatever I was doing, I stopped.
2. Never pay full price. Almost everything will go on sale eventually or you can find a coupon. She also taught me the power of price shopping. Now I'm not nearly as good at this as she is, but then again my mom will drive five miles to save two cents a gallon on gas.
3. I don't need a man to be happy. Don't get me wrong, I love my husband, but I am responsible for my own happiness. I am blessed to have found someone who enhances my happiness, but I also know that strong women can stand on their own without a man.
4. Making a sandwich absolutely is "cooking". You don't need to prepare a fancy meal to say you cooked dinner. Oh, and the tubs of Pillsbury cookie dough are just as good as homemade. Scooping the dough into a cookie sheet and putting it in the oven also constitutes as "baking." Don't believe anything else you may hear to the contrary.
5. How to be happy on a budget. I was raised by a single Catholic school teacher mom. Needless to say, we didn't have a lot of money. But I never wanted for anything or felt like I was missing out. My mom knew where our finances were best suited and made sure we had all we needed to live a happy life.
6. I deserve the best. Even the most confident of us have moments where we doubt our self worth and grapple with the thought of settling in any number of areas in life. But my mom reinforced in me that I can do anything I put my mind to and that I deserve everything good that comes as the fruit of my labor and persistence.
7. How to scare an 8-year-old girl from having sex for a very, very long time. If I ever have a daughter and she asks me about the birds and the bees, I will explain it the exact same way my mom did to me. I still remember it vividly and cringe at the graphic nature of her explanation to my third grade self. I remained terrified of sex for many, many years. Kudos Mom!
8. The value of hard work and humility. My mom works harder than anyone I know. She has dedicated her life to raising me and to educating young minds for more than 30 years. Her work ethic is second to none and I like to think I inherited that from her.
9. The importance of faith and family. Teaching your children about God is one thing, living a good Christian life by example is another. My mom is an everyday example of the kind of person I want to be. She has not only taught me to value my relationship with God, but also to value my relationships with family. They are there for me no matter what and a wonderful support system in my life.
10. How to love. It's overwhelming when I think of everything my mom has done for me and all of the sacrifices she has made out of love. It's the kind of love you can't explain, but you can surely feel. Everything I know about love, I learned from my mom. And that's the most important lesson I will take with me for the rest of my life and hopefully pass on to children of my own one day.