My mother’s birthday was February 6th. She would have been 99 this year. She grew up in a different time than mine and certainly different than today.

When I think about what I learned from my mother I could write a long list of “what not to do as a parent.” But that’s not what I want to remember. I want to remember the wonderful things she taught me.

What I learned from my mother

my sister, mom & me singing karaoke

  • Live life to the fullest
  • Enjoy every moment
  • Never give up
  • You’re never too old to change
  • You can’t say “I love you” too often
  • It’s important to give back
  • Play, play, play
  • Surround yourself with good friends
  • Look your best
  • Take care of yourself
  • Accept people for who they are
  • Everyone deserves a chance
  • Being a grandmother is the best job in the world

There’s probably more but those are the things that come to me easily. My mom worked as I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. That was not the norm for women in those days. It wasn’t easy for her. She never felt that she was very smart to begin with.

And she had a lot of fun in her life. My parents were always doing something fun on the weekends. And if not that, they were doing something to serve the community. Come to think of it, they made that fun too!

My mom had a lot of energy up until she died. She was 4 months shy of 89, had already taken two international trips that year and was about to go on a third. I always had a hard time reaching her because she was always out doing something. After she died, I remember counting 12 organizations she was involved with.

She was a good role model for me in so many ways. I’m grateful for all she taught me. I’m grateful that when she died unexpectedly, there was nothing left unsaid. She knew I loved her and I know she loved me.

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