My Mama Told Me...


In honor of Mother's Day, which is this Sunday for all of you last-minute shoppers out there, I've decided to list some of the best lessons I've learned from my mother in no particular order:

1. "I'm your mother, not your friend." My mother made this very clear at an early age and I'm grateful for that. I feel as though that's the problem with some of my peers: their parents try to be their besties and don't do enough, well...parenting. Not my mom.

2. "A sale is not a sale, unless it's a least 50 percent off or more." I distinctly remember being a young girl when my mom taught me this valuable lesson. It may seem superficial to you, but it taught me a great deal about the value of a dollar and how to hunt for bargains.

3. "American Express. Never leave home without it." This lesson came during an impromptu shopping spree. Today the weapon of choice is Visa. But the point is still the same: it's okay to treat yourself to something nice every once in a while.

4. "Always hit the sale rack first. Always." Enough said.

5. "You do not need a man to complete you." My mom raised my sister and me to be smart and confident young ladies. She taught us the importance of making (and saving) our own money so we don't have to be financially dependent on anyone.

6. "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." I distinctly remember my mom making me dress up for my first interview to get into Loyola's Leaders and Scholars summer camp back in the day. I was in the fifth grade...and I had a resume.

7. "You can never have too many pairs of shoes...or underwear." Again, I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

8. "One day we're going to be gone and all you're going to have is each other." Once my mom shared this harsh truth with my sister and me, we realized we should probably start treating each other a little nicer.

9. "God doesn't give you any more than you can bear." I know my mom didn't come up with this one, but she's been known to tell me this once or twice...usually when I didn't want to hear it. But you know how the saying goes...mama knows best.

10. "I brought you into this world and I can take you out." This one was not about fear, but rather about respect. It's no secret my mom is a little bit crazy (she admits this, so it's okay) and this quote showcases her at her finest.

Perhaps the best lesson my mom has taught me is how to be a successful career woman, loving wife and caring mother. No, she may not be all warm and fuzzy. Yes, she gives it to us straight...especially when we don't want to hear it. But at the end of the day, I know she loves us and I love her more than she'll ever know.