My Mom Was Right

05-08-2014 9:51 AM

Kathrina Michelle. 16 letters. 5 syllables. 2 words.

Whenever I heard my mother condense those 16 letters, 5 syllables and 2 words into a one syllable word AND use a tone so high-pitched that it would scare small animals, I knew what it meant. It meant trouble. Technically, it meant “I” was in trouble. BIG! TIME! TROUBLE! And just to be clear, BIG TIME TROUBLE meant my daddy was going to deal with me.

My dad would give lectures that rivaled the Gettysburg Address, while my mom would offer quick snippets of disciplinary advice and life lessons.
- “The best lesson is a bought lesson.”
- “Smart and kind are more important than pretty and fine.”
- “Little girl, you have your people mixed up.” (I was well into my 30s and she would still say this to me.)
- “A hard head makes a soft bottom,” which was usually the precursor to the above-mentioned Kathrina Michelle.

My mother passed away earlier this year, and I can’t help but think of all of her sayings. All of her life lessons. My favorite saying is the one that has become more and more important to me the older I get. My mother was right when she said, "Peace of mind is the best gift you can give to yourself."

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, give your mom the one gift that she wants the most...tell your mom that she was right! 

My co-workers and I put together this video, “My Mom Was Right.” Hope it inspires you this Mother’s Day. Leave a comment and tell us why your mom was right.

Happy Mother’s Day from Garland and Scharlotte’s Daughter,