10 Things My Mother Taught Me.

(I know, I know.  I haven’t blogged for a month.  I spent the interim buried up to my neck in graduate papers and final exams.  But I’m back, and gearing up for a summer of R and R).


Mother’s Day was quite a lovely day for the Auriemma family.  Taking the baby to the park, dinner at home with the entire family present and accounted for for the first time in, I believe, two months.  Then, we all (even my brother) plopped onto the couch and watched Aladdin after about forty-five minutes of scouring OnDemand for a movie to watch.  After Dad veto’d all of them, we settled on some good old Robin Williams fun while eating ice cream sundaes and shockingly everyone stuck around until the end of the film.  I think the family love of the day won out.  That, and our Internet was broken all last week so nobody could excuse themselves to check Facebook or Twitter.

Two days ago I sat in a parking lot with my nephew while Jenna ran into a store to get baby food refills. Lovebug was a bit antsy so after a moment of indecision I took him out of the carseat and bounced him around.  I wracked my brain to get him to cheer up, so out of my mouth came the song “Someone’s Waiting For You” from The Rescuers.  Granted, that song is about someone waiting for something better to come along because they’re homeless, but the melody is pretty.  Lovebug stopped crying, and gave me a hug.  Then he belched.  

Watching Jenna with her son has been a blessing.  It makes me want a baby (although I might have to work on the ‘boyfriend/husband’ part first).  It also got me thinking about our own Mom and the things she’s taught us over the years.  Some are funny, some are profound, and some are just weird.  But all of them are things I will carry in my heart to teach my own children.

10 Things My Mother Taught Me.
1. Don’t borrow trouble.
2. A handful is all you need (this was after I complained about my boobs in 10th grade, but it can actually apply to a myriad of life situations)
3. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
4. Moisturize.
5. Life is better with butter.
6. Take your makeup off before you go to bed.  Preferably with Vaseline.  On the same coin, put lipstick on before any social event.  It finishes your face.
7. Take the time to be a good person and give back.
8. Anything worth a shit requires some risk.  (Mom told me this one when I was scared to death of getting on a plane to Europe for a week with the best friend.)
9. Have faith, and blessings will come.
10.  You’re never too old to play on a swingset, dance until 3 in the morning, cry over a contestant on American Idol, boo when the lights go on in the hotel bar, and laugh until you snort.

I love you, Mom!

twin chambray shirts.  because we’re fabulous.  I don’t know why i’m making that face.  maybe she’s touching my butt.

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