If you were paying really close attention, you probably noticed (and then quickly forgot) that I hadn’t posted the postcards I received for Love Notes 22 prompt 3. At first, I hesitated because I wanted to include my partner’s last response in the blog post, but then, I decided the post should wait for Mother’s Day, a perfect time to share responses to the prompt, “My mother taught me…”
Based on postings in the group, the last prompt had many of the participants contemplating deeply the role(s) their mothers played in their lives. For some, this was a painful exercise–because of mothers who were absent, abusive, or deceased. But even then, they acknowledged that they learned something positive from their mothers.
I received four postcards from Love Notes friends in response to the prompt–Christine B, Litsa L., Lisa C., and Eileen V. Eileen’s is earmarked for Father’s Day, but here are the others:
Christine’s mother taught her “to be loving, supportive, and compassionate.” Christine writes, “She’s still teaching me to be positive; that’s been a hard lesson.”
When Litsa asked her daughter what she learned from her, her daughter told she taught her “to be kind.” Litsa learned that from her own mother and adds that her mother also taught her resilience: “Just carry on. What else is there to do?”
Lisa C’s mother taught her:
There’s only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
It’s interesting how all three postcards depict images that serve as metaphors for mothers–a light guiding us safely home; just a phone call way; regal in her role as mother doling out love generously.
I enjoyed this prompt because–in case you haven’t figured out by now–I love talking about my parents. I sent a list letter of ten (plus one) things my mother taught me:
- Be kind. If you can help a person, do so—no questions asked.
- Don’t judge. Love people for who they are and don’t expect them to “be like you.”
- Let it go. Life is too short, so don’t hold a grudge and don’t waste energy on trifles.
- Hold your head high. You are somebody in this world. Know your worth, even if others don’t.
- Take it to God. Don’t unload your burdens on mere humans who can’t handle the load.
- Take time daily for prayer, meditation and scripture.
- Keep a clean house. (I’m still working on this one).
- Always feed the children. Have food, snacks, and treats available for all children who visit.
- Have your own bank account.
- Celebrate every birthday.
- Bonus: There is incredible strength in silence.
It was hard not to write 100 things!
What have you learned from your mother? Let us know in the comments below.