Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lessons from my mother...

My mother was a one of a kind woman, every day when I think of her and I get sad, I try to remind myself that I was lucky enough to have known her for 26ish years of my life - and during that time she taught me some very valuable lessons. Here are a few that I have been thinking about lately:

  • How to make fideo 
  • At least 15 different ways to make potatoes
  • Retail therapy
  • Honesty- how to be real with anyone and everyone that you encounter, not everyone appreciates this one
  • How to spoil and love my nieces
  • How to make a new meal with leftovers
  • How to spoil myself
  • How to make those that love me the most cry or infuriated with me
  • How to make other people wait on me
  • How to find treasures in antique shops or yard sales
  • How to make people laugh
  • How to wash dishes (with scolding hot water)
  • How to challenge people
  • How to ask the right questions to get people talking 
  • How to be a good chismosa
  • How to be obsessed with things, as of late collecting blankets and dolls
  • Give trust cautiously, not all those that claim they are your friends are so; knowing how to identify who is using you for their own advantage 
  • Sarcasm
Along with these I also constantly think about lessons she tried to teach me but I was not so quick to learn; I am currently trying to learn:
  • Work is not my life - I need to have a life outside of work
  • Buy good shoes, even if they are expensive, be nice to your feet; stop buying cute flats without arch support
  • How to make mole and tamales
  • How to make enchiladas (not your average ones but like the ones my mom made)
  • How to make friends with strangers within 5 minutes of meeting them
  • How to make food that my dad actually likes to eat
  • How to make plants grow (I kill all my plants, even succulents)
  • How to make Mexican rice
  • How to get over situations that make me mad- she was very good at not staying angry
  • How to laugh at life, and not take life too seriously
  • How to tell a good story
  • Sticking to a hobby (my mom gardened, knitted, journaled, cooked three meals a day, called myself and each of my siblings at least once a day and my grandmother several times a day, and had friends stop by periodically - all within the day and I have to force myself to go to the gym and to write)
I am looking to obtain lessons from my siblings as well, as she had a very unique relationship with each of us...




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5 comments:

  1. She sounds amazing and this is a great tribute to her. After you learn how to get over things and not stay mad, can you teach me?

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  2. She sounds amazing and this is a great tribute to her. After you learn how to get over things and not stay mad, can you teach me?

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. So much healing and love comes from this reflection and tribute to the things learned from your mother. In Lak'ech <3

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