Another Mother’s Day has come and gone, and hundreds of area high school seniors are preparing to march across their respectives stages to receive their high school diplomas.
Every year around this time, I like to ask my friends to offer some advice for those seniors as they prepare for one of their first big-time accomplishments. But I got to thinking about it — who is there better to offer advice than our mothers?
I don’t know of a good mom who hasn’t offered sage advice for their children. I think of my own mom, and I’ll never forget her telling me nearly 40 years ago to make sure I kept my hands washed and my fingernails clipped. Why, I asked?
“A pretty girl will notice both when you try to put your hands on her.”
No more need be said. Forty years later, they are attended to regularly.
So I went to my friends and asked them what the best piece of advice they had ever received from their mothers had been in the hopes that maybe some of the young people out there, including those before mentioned seniors (not to mention some of us old fogies, too), might garner a few snippets of wisdom that can positively influence them.
Here are some of the replies:
— When someone shows you their true colors, believe them!
— All things work for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.
— Everything happens for a reason. God has a plan in everything.
— Buy low and sell high.
— Kill them with kindness.
— Be polite and you will always get invited back
— Don't cross your eyes or they'll get stuck that way.
— If your friends set their hair on fire, would you do it, too?
— Make sure you wear clean underwear.
— You never really know somebody until you sleep with them.
— Who ever said marriage is 50-50 was wrong. You both have to give 100 percent or it will fail.
— Put God first and everything else will fall into place.
— Don’t marry anyone who isn’t your best friend first.
— Your wife is a jewel. Treat her as such.
— If you find a good man, you better hold on to him. If you don’t, someone else soon will.
— Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
— If you don't eat right and sleep right, you won't be right.
— Learn to do your own laundry.
— Don't let your mouth write checks your butt can't cash.
— Pray for God to help you keep on loving your spouse even when you can't stand them.
— Pretty is as pretty does.
— Always look at the heart of the person. True beauty is how the person treats you.
— Think before you act.
— Life is always better when you're happy, so always look on the bright side of things.
— Never ever run out of gas ... in your car.
— Always do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.
— Listen to your heart. Hold tight to your dreams.
— If you get put in jail, don't call me. Get out the same way you got in — all by yourself.
— Believe none you hear and half you see and you'll be OK.
— “Please” and “thank you” will get you farther in life than a Porsche or Mercedes.
— Pray about everything, in season and out of season.
— Where there’s a will, there is a way.
— The highway to hell is paved with good intentions.
— Judge people by what you know of them, not what you think of them.
— Identify the problem in order to change it; if you do not like something, then stop complaining and fix it.
— I hope you have a child that acts just like you.
— Words are like toothpaste. Once squeezed out of the tube, you can't put 'em back in.
— Men come a dime a dozen — keep 20 cents in your pocket. But a good man is worth more than gold.
— God can take care of everything, and He will. You just might have to get out of His way.
— Understand what your values were, define where they come from and don’t compromise them no matter what — even if it costs you something.
So there you have them, words of wisdom from the wisest, sweetest creatures among us — our mothers. I would hope there would be at least a few nuggets of truth in there all of us could learn from, especially those teenagers who are about to take their first real step toward adulthood.
As always, it is my sincere wish to all of our upcoming area graduates for great success on whatever path they choose for themselves. The moment coming up when you cross that stage is hopefully the first of many in a long line of accomplishments for which we all hope you can be very proud.
To those graduates, regardless of what your chosen path might be, just like Dorothy always said, remember, “There’s no place like home.”
And remember this as well, call your mama every chance you get. One day you’ll wish you could.