I miss my mother the most at night. During the day, I’ve got two little people clamoring for my attention and though I think of her constantly, it’s not until things get quiet and the day is nearing its end that I allow my mind to think about how much I miss her.
But tonight, I tried to think of what she had left behind. I tried to think of what she had taught me. She had 28 years, after all.
The list could go on forever – and I’m sure at a later date I’ll find myself adding to it – but for now, here’s what I’ve got.
- When someone gives you a gift, ANY gift, you write them a thank you note.
- Make your bed in the morning. It will make you feel better.
- Don’t leave wet towels on the floor. Always hang them up.
- Cooking is overrated.
- Birthdays are a BIG DEAL. Have a party, eat cake, open lots of presents. Start in the morning and don’t stop until before bed. Live it up.
- Make it a habit to read your Bible.
- Be overly involved in your kid’s life. Volunteer in their school, chaperone stuff, drive them around with their friends. Know their teachers, know their friends, know their friends’ parents.
- Cut out coupons. Save some money when you can.
- Hug and kiss your kids as much as you can. Spend serious quality time together. Go on vacations as a family.
- Visit friends when they are sick. Bring them meals.
- See your family often. Take care of your parents. Don’t leave anyone alone in the hospital overnight.
- Invest seriously in a few girlfriends. Call them regularly and see them as often as you can. These will be the women who will be with you at the times you need them most.
- Send cards – thinking of you cards, sympathy cards, Easter cards, Christmas cards. Everyone appreciates getting mail. Let people know that you are thinking of them.
- Saturday mornings are perfect for family time.
- Marry your best friend.
Thank you Mom for all of these. And thank you for all the others that aren’t on this list. I love you.