My momma always told me the best sermon is a great example, thus she and daddy (for better, or worse sometimes) taught us daily by their example. My sister and I know we “chose our parents well” because in the midst of everyday life, there were the daily lessons by example.
As I watch moms today in the grocery store or at the park, it occurs to me how moms must be as wise as Solomon, as smart as Socrates, as unconditionally loving as Mother Teresa, and as disciplined as Coach John Wooden. My mom demonstrated daily who she was and lived by the legacy she created with sass, grit, humor, and a dash of humbleness. She shaped our character, expected integrity, and encouraged us to dream big for the future. We learned to control our attitude and effort because those are really the only two things in our constant control. And just like her classroom, mom set the bar extremely high but provided a cushion when we stumbled along the way. Our mom was our first and most important teacher, advocate, and disciplinarian; she set the rules and we followed them (mostly).
While mom’s physical voice is now silent, the echos of her lessons ring strong inside my soul. I’m grateful and thankful for the example of my mom. At times I was so busy growing up and then raising two little women of my own, I often forgot she was growing older too, but mom was always smart enough to hold on, and then brave enough to let go on her journey… I’m abundantly grateful and thankful for the example of my mom (and dad) who raised me well so I could one day be a mom to the two grown miracles who shower my world in JOY! Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!
Yes! Coach Wooden was proactive and sacrificed practice time to help his players actively learn how to prevent possible injury and permanent damage (kinda a mom-thing to do, huh?!). I’ll ponder a Diamond Shamrock post for you… b
Thanks for these absolutely perfect thoughts. I might add that John Wooden took two hours out of the first practice of each year to teach the UCLA Bruin basketball players how to put their socks on correctly and tape them securely. This practice protected against blisters and kept the players on the court for six consecutive national championships. It is the little things we say to our children that make the difference. It may be in the home, in school, in the supermarket, or even in the Diamond Shamrock (that is a different blog post for you). God Bless You for your endless contribution to our lives. Happy Mother’s Day to all.