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Lessons Learned From My Mom

I’m not going to lie to you. I spent a great deal of my teenage and some of my adult years repeating this affirmation:

“I will not be like my mother. I will not be like my mother.”

I’m sure she did the same when she was a teenager, and more than likely as she came to be an adult.

But, I’ve come to realize that she’s one smart chic, and she’s not so bad, really. (How many women do you know that look forward to taking their mom to a concert?) And lately, I find myself wishing that I would think more like her. Here’s an example:

When I was in elementary school, we had our fair share of “minimum days.” Lucky for me, my mom was a homemaker, so she was able to pick me up when school was out. Once in a while, there would be a plastic shopping bag on the front seat of the car when she picked me up on a minimum day, which meant only one thing: we were going to a movie!

Inside of the bag would be a couple of candy bars, cans of soda, and if we had extra money, a happy meal. Life was good when the bag was full.

When we arrived at the theater, (or, what my mom still refers to as “the shows”) she would carefully position the bag inside of her purse so no one would see it. Then we’d find a great seat, dig in, and enjoy the show. This is one of my favorite memories.

And as I was paying $23 for two hot dogs, two sodas, and a bag of popcorn before watching “Bee Movie” yesterday, I realized why she brought “the bag.” I need to get me one of those . . . and quick.


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