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May 11, 2018
In honour of Mother’s Day here in Canada and also in the US, I wanted to have a little fun at Sugar Crush Co. collecting bits of Mamma Wisdom. Women from around the world took a few moments to share with me their best advice as they remembered their mammas, grandmas, nanas. These are some of my favourites!
It’s no surprise our family – and especially our moms! – help to shape us into the people we are. One thing I learned about my readers is they are the most kind and amazing women (well, I kind of already knew that!). It came as no surprise their mothers have been sharing truths like “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” or as my friend Krystal here in Wasaga Beach recalled, “Treat others the way you want to be treated back in return.” My very own cousin, Danielle, shared she tells her daughter to do something kind for someone each day as she heads off to school. I know these are reminders all of you hold close to your heart – it’s so evident in all you do!
Sometimes our mammas make everything they do seem magical, don’t they? The way they take care of us when we are sick, their knack for making everything cozy, and there is just something about their cooking! Am I right? April of Texas, US may have given away the secret! She shared her mother’s advice, “Never cook anything in plain ol’ water.” Although that seems to be about as far as the cooking lessons have gone: nothing of the recipes have been written down! Hmmm.
While we are on the subject of mom’s best kept secret advice? Glenda’s mother suggested to her she travel while she is young and able. She has taken that advice VERY much to heart!
Moms everywhere are our biggest cheerleaders. They believe in us even when we find it hard to believe in ourselves. Amanda in Pennsylvania, US remembered her mother teaching her, “Work hard and don’t depend on anyone else. You will always be able to take care of yourself.” So empowering! I thought of this in my own life, but I take this too literally most of the time and ask for no help! Maybe my advice to my own children should be, “Never be afraid to ask for help.” Or perhaps as Ashley, our (almost) neighbor in Saskatchewan, remembered, “Don’t ask for help until you’ve tried to do it yourself.” I think this is a perfect blend of capable and strong, but not allowing yourself to be overwhelmed! Cheers to Ashley’s mom for this one!
Even when situations aren’t the brightest, moms have a unique way of bringing comfort and hope to our heavy hearts. I remember my own mamma bear telling me, “Everything will work out.” And she’s right that it usually does! Melissa, a fellow Ontarian, wrote in whenever she is stressed, she hears her mother’s gentle reminder, “Your time will come.” She said this mantra has become extremely calming to her, even in times of waiting in traffic! I may need to adopt this one myself, as I am not the most patient person!
Megan and Sharon, two of our American neighbors, wrote in their mothers’ advice of “This too shall pass,’ and “Tomorrow is another day.” Ah. Isn’t this the truth? And I am almost positive this is universal of mammas around the world to wrap us up in hope and a hug, reminding us things will be brighter on the other side.
Something I am quick to tell my own two children, “Stop growing up so fast!,” but somehow I am not so sure they are listening! My daughter is going to be four soon, and the time has flown so quickly! Apparently I am not alone, and no matter how much they keep growing (despite my warnings to the contrary!), Briley of Oklahoma, US said her mother reminders her often, “You’ll always be my baby.” My own mamma who had two boys after me, always tells me "You'll always be my baby girl!" There's something comforting in knowing that. Katie of Florida, US said she often tells her own children, “You make me proud.” I think these are beautiful reminders to hold in our hearts, and to pass on to our own littles!
And we couldn’t be more honored by that mamma!
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