Honoring the wisdom of our moms

By Erika Weisensee

It is hardly possible to name all of the roles involved in the incredible job of being a mom. Mothers are protectors and comforters and waitresses and cooks and maids and chauffeurs and counselors and nurses and teachers all in one. How do we say thank you for all of that? Well, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Cards, flowers, chocolate, spa gift certificates and breakfast-in-bed are good places to start. But another lasting way to honor “Mom” is to pass her love and life lessons on to those around us.

I recently invited my friends and family to share something wise they learned from their mothers. Most of them struggled to narrow it down to just one, and I certainly feel the same way about my mom. With that said, here’s but a small sampling of the wisdom of our mothers:

“My mom has taught me to enjoy the small things in life, laugh often and give with all your heart.” – Michelle

“Mom showed me the importance of stay-at-home moms.” – Julie

“Some of my favorite words of my mother’s came after I said, ‘Thanks, mom, how can I ever repay you?’ And her answer was always, ‘When you give to your children, you will be giving back to me.'” – Penny

“My mother taught me there are no limits to what anyone can do. There are only limits in thoughts.” – Taio

“Mom was so optimistic. Even though she had experienced tragedy in her life, she had a strangely buoyant optimism about life and love.”
– Debbie

“She believes, as do I that we are all created as equals and deserve respect.” – Paula

“My mom’s love was/is a reflection of God’s love for me. It never mattered who I was or what I had done. She loved unconditionally!”
– Mary

“Our Mom is the heart of our family. She makes each day brighter and better just by being there.” – Jessica

“My mother brought us up with a great sense of service to others and modeled it in her life.” – Carma

“Although I have spent most of my life testing my mom, she has taught me what unconditional love truly means.” – Becky

“Through many of life’s trials my mom taught me that tears are cleansing for the soul; a song can lift your spirit; and chocolate will finish the job!” – Molly

“My mom loves with her whole heart, with every ounce of her being.
From the day I was born up to this very moment, I am filled with the warmth of her love.” -Erika

If you are inspired, add to this list with a comment below.

### Erika Weisensee is a writing mom. She lives in Milwaukie and teaches journalism at the University of Portland.

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