- A lot of being a mom is about cheerleading. Every kid needs an enthusiastic supporter who believes they can do anything. Kids need someone to cheer them on, someone to believe in them, and someone who thinks the sun rises and sets with them. That is why we have Moms.
- Sick kids need their mom, a darkened room, and someone who takes their temperature with a kiss on the forehead.
- Kids will talk the most when they can't see Mom's face to know how shocked she might be at the secrets spilled. Hence: at bedtime after she's turned out the lights, in a car when Mom is driving, or my favorite--when walking laps together around the HS track after dark. (The things I learned that I usually didn't want to know!)
- Traditions are important to kids and doing it once can mean that you will be doing it forever: decorating sugar cookies at Christmas and Easter, birthday presents at breakfast, stockings on Christmas morning, rum slush & poinsettias...and the list goes on and on.
- "Pretty is as pretty does" and "Kill them with kindness" were two of my mom's favorite sayings. And she was right about both, though the second one takes a magnanimous person sometimes. (They don't come much kinder or generous than my mom.)
My mom died almost 18 years ago, and I miss her every day. When she died, she was only six years older than I am right now. She missed out on way too much, but her influence lives on forever. And the torch will pass to the next generation.