Mother knows best! :)

Hey everyone,
So this is officially my first post as a full on member of this delightful blog. No more "guest posts" for me! :p
I thought I would choose a topic that is close to my heart and one that makes me smile...Mother knows best! We all know, or should know, the song from Tangled (those that don't, stop reading right now and go watch the movie, it's the best Disney movie ever!!) we laugh and sing it to our Mum all the time...
"Mother knows best
Listen to your mother
It's a scary world out there

Mother knows best
One way or another
Something will go wrong, I swear"
...and ok, even though Mother Gothel definitely doesn't win mother of the year, most of us will admit that it's a pretty true statement. We may not all agree with our mothers at certain times in our lives but then there comes a day when you just think "Huh..Mum was right!!" There will also eventually be many a days that you find yourself saying..."oh my gosh I sound just like my Mum!" 
There are so many things our Mum said or did growing up that have stuck with us all these years, so I thought I would pick a few of our mothers classic sayings, as well as things she does, and share them with you...

"Remember your manners, say please and thank you, don't ask for anything, wait to be offered and take your shoes off." 
I had to put these all together because I'm pretty certain that this was said to us every time we went to a family members house or were dropped off at a friends, and I mean EVERY time!! The funny thing is that nowadays I feel some kids aren't taught please's and thank you's very much. I can tell you that from experience working in schools with plenty of kids over the years, it really makes a difference hearing those words daily and being reminded and taught how to be polite. Kids need to be taught it, they don't automatically know it. I'd like to think we were very polite kids, we sat and behaved ourselves and always remembered Mums words. Even to this day some people are surprised when we go to take our shoes off at the door. I understand that it's not everyone's cup of tea, but personally I hate walking around the house in shoes that have been outside, so I only think it's courteous that I think about that in someone else's house. As much as we may have given her looks and said "Yes Mum, you don't have to say it every time" you can bet I will probably do the same with my kids.

"We'll wait till it's on special offer"
Our Mum loves finding bargains and special offers on clothes, food and pretty much anything. It's not that she can't buy regular price items or is funny about money, she just finds it fun, in addition to it being the principle. We have grown up exactly the same and will even ring her and tell her about a good deal we got on books or clothes etc. The biggest thing Mum does this with and which makes us laugh and gets our Dad every time, is chocolate. Dad will find the cupboards full of mini cookies, chocolate fingers, buttons etc., and when he asks why we have so much, her answer is always the same.."Because it was on special offer" It probably explains why our suitcases are always full of Tesco's finest every time we go home. And just ask our husbands about fashion... we will always wait for clothes to go on sale thanks to our Mother. We simply do not get spending tons of money on clothes... and yes therefore this is why both our husbands have bigger closets than we do! :p

"Wipe the bottom of the kettle before you put it back"
Arrrrrhhhhh this is THE one that drives us mad!! We have electric kettles and I guess Mum worries that the water is going to burn if you don't wipe it off the bottom after you fill the kettle up at the sink. That makes sense right? I get it! But when you are 27 years old and she still says it, it drives you mad! There have been moments when you almost....almost fill it up and get close to putting it back, thinking you have made it, but then there she is.."Make sure you wipe it!!" We all wouldn't mind so much but 9 times out of 10 we already have cleaned it!! I laugh as I type this though because you really can't get out of habits you've had for years, I still make sure to wipe the bottom of the kettle when I'm on my own in my apartment and you'll never guess what words come out of my mouth when my husband fills up the kettle!! ;) 

Washing dishes BEFORE they go in the dishwasher.
This may sound crazy, although I'm sure there are a few people out there who do it! We laugh all the time because we know when we help her tidy up, we have to wait by the sink for her to wash the dishes before proceeding to carry the clean plates to the dishwasher. Our dishwasher is basically the dryer! When we were younger it always felt like it took forever to help clean up and we would get so frustrated, I remember having those naughty thoughts of "I can't wait till I have my own house and I can just put all the dishes straight in without washing them" Boy was I wrong! Mum definitely gets the last laugh with this one. I have lived in many different apartments over the last 6 years and you can bet I have washed every single dish before it goes anywhere near the dishwasher.

The good old fashioned cardbox.
One of the many bargains our Mum finds is all the cards she gets from the Stockport market, back home in England where we live. They are great quality cards but cheaper than the likes of Clinton cards or Paperchase and she gets them from this cute little stall at the top of the hill. When home we LOVE going with her to stock up our boxes. She has a whole drawer at home but when we came to America she sorted us out with a little box for all our cards. Being the wonderful Mum that she is, she also sends them anytime she can fit them in parcels to us. We've grown up with her having a Birthday/Anniversary calendar and an appointment/event calendar, so she never forgets to send cards to people. This is something that she has definitely passed on to me and my sisters! Since moving to America it's become more of a thing for us as we love to keep in touch with everyone back home. It's something that makes us happy knowing that we always remember to send relatives in Italy, New York or home cards for special occasions. The same goes for Thank you's. We were always taught to write thank you cards. Now when we go home for Christmas it makes Mum smile when she sees us on boxing day (day after Christmas) sat round the table organizing thank you cards and it makes me happy that she knows we listened all those years ago and have never forgotten things like that. :)

I think I've rambled on long enough for now but I hope you enjoyed my first "official" post. I can laugh, joke and pick on her slightly but I wouldn't change my Mother for anything in the world. These things have all made me who I am today and I love her for it! What are some of the things your Mums or Moms do that make you laugh or that you always said you would never say or do but low and behold you say and do them every day now? I'd love to hear them! :)

Until next time, keep smiling!

1 comment :

  1. haha! I loved the one about wiping the kettle. I swear, as mother's we always develop something we simply cannot stop saying. Also loved the one about the cards. hehe

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