April 13, 1967, the world was forever changed. It was on this day that baby Lee blessed the Earth with her presence. To be quite honest, I’m not sure that her head size has shrunk since she was born (sorry mom, had to say it) but I’d like to think her sense of humor has been with her since the get-go.
To honor my mom on her 51st birthday, I thought I would share some important life lessons I’ve learned from her.
1. Always look your best, you never know who you are going to meet.
When I was in high school I remember I’d walk down stairs at o-dark-thirty in the morning and if my hair wasn’t done or shirt wasn’t ironed, my mom would quickly point it out. I would get so annoyed when she did this because in my opinion “no one cares,” and she’d always say, “You never know who you’re going to meet and where. It’s always good to look your best.” At college, well, let’s just say it’s a good thing she couldn’t see what I was wearing because I definitely didn’t look my best. Moving back home it started all over again but now related to work. Truth of the matter, the days my mom would point out that my hair wasn’t done or I didn’t wear make-up were the days that I’d see someone and wish I looked more presentable. You can’t catch my mom not always looking her best at all times, even just to go to the grocery store to get bread.
2. Classy never goes out of style.
Along the lines of the first lesson, the second thing my mom has taught me is that acting like a lady and dressing like one never goes out of style. I remember I would get so mad I couldn’t wear the trendy tops or outfits and my mom would always say, “Trends go in and out but class never leaves.” I have definitely learned this is true. Unrelated to fashion, there have been many of times I have said a curse word around my mom and she immediately responds, “No classy lady would use that type of language.” My mom is the definition of class in the way she presents herself but also in the way she dresses. I also am lucky that because of her classy taste I could always trust my mom in helping pick out clothes for me or homecoming dresses and that I would look appropriate.
3. Don’t be a doormat.
This is something my mom still is trying to teach me. There is a difference between sticking up for yourself respectfully and not getting taken advantage of and there’s a way to just come off as a jerk. My mom isn’t afraid to fight for what’s right or even speak her mind but she does it in a respectful way. This is definitely an area I need to learn from my mom more in as it’s something I admire about her so much.
4. Hostess with the mostest.
There’s not doubt about it that whenever someone walks into my house they feel welcomed. Not only does will my mom have delicious appetizers and meals waiting but the house is always clean and decorated adorably. More importantly though, my mom will interact and have a conversation with her guests from the moment they enter to the moment they leave. She makes sure everyone else eats first and that they have everything they need before she treats herself. She says she doesn’t like to be the center of attention but that’s a lie because typically everyone is congregated around her. Now that I’m on my own, I definitely have enjoyed trying to take on a lot of these qualities.
5. Costco keeps the cost low!
My mother is the biggest bargain shopper you will ever meet in your entire life. I grew up knowing when we entered a clothing store, you walk straight to the back where the sale rack is. I pride myself on the fact that I rarely, if ever, buy anything full price because I know how to shop a sale, thanks mom! I also have inherited my mother’s extreme (to put it lightly) obsession with Costco. You just can’t beat the deals!
6. Humor makes the world go round.
One of my mom’s best qualities is her sense of humor. I swear my friends are only friends with me because of how funny my mom is. Actually, I pretty much know this is true when they always say, “I miss your mom, she’s so funny.” I tried to deny it for a long time but finally faced reality. My mother is hilarious and deserves her own reality show. Through her sense of humor I’ve seen how it has fostered friendships, kept what could be hard situations, light and most importantly that if you can’t laugh at yourself, you’ve got a lot coming for ya. I am no where near as funny as my mom (I’d like to think I am) but I have learned to appreciate someone’s sense of humor so much more.
7. My mom is a superhero.
My mom is a stay-at-home mom. However, she isn’t what you would expect your typical stay-at-home mom to be like. My mom usually starts her day around 5 am and ends around 10 pm. You probably think I’m exaggerating but my mom prides herself that she usually has 10,000 steps by 10 am. She cooks, cleans, does the laundry, keeps up with the yard, you name it and my mom does it. Top it off with that she’s always at every sporting event, academic achievement recognition, chorus concert, etc. She also stays very connected to what’s going on in my brothers’ and my lives. I will never be able to be as amazing of a mother as my mom as she’s set the standard very high.
Mom, I hope you have a great birthday and here’s to an even better year!
The most relatable Friends quote for you would be one from Chandler Bing in regards to advice, “I’m not so good with the advice…Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” Even if I answer no this question, you’d still do it 😉