1. I can do anything I put my mind to, so long as I do the work.
2. I can be anything I want to be; no dream is too big.
3. If I don’t expect anything, I won’t be disappointed – but not to give up hope.
4. I am strong willed, and strong minded, but also strong hearted.
5. My life will be hard, but it’s okay for me to be weak sometimes.
On the lighter side:
6. How to play bridge (she was a Life Master ranked player, and unfortunately I’ve already forgotten how to play).
7. A love for sports, books, word games and trivia (she encouraged me to try out for Jeopardy!; which I did).
8. How to gamble and smoke (yea, yea, not the highest compliment).
9. How not to cook (she was passable at best, and never used a spice other than Mrs. Dash).
10. How to be a night owl. (I would regularly stay up with her to watch Johnny Carson. For the longest time, I couldn't get to sleep without hearing “Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” To this day I prefer nocturnal activity to diurnal).
As with all Moms, there was good mixed with bad. It’s part of the human experience. As I get older and nostalgia kicks in, the bad starts to make less of an impression than the good - which is how it should be. Not a Mother’s Day goes by that I don’t miss her terribly.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom.