When I was a kid, I thought a lot of the rules my mother imposed on us were capricious and arbitrary. It seemed like she was abusing her power, forcing us to conform to standards that didn’t make any freakin’ sense. To my pre-adolescent thinking, she was just being unfair. As an adolescent, she was clearly deliberately stifling my creativity and individuality.
Now that I’m a mother myself, I’ve done a 180. I get it. She wasn’t being unfair. She wasn’t thwarting anything. She was trying to simultaneously keep me alive and not lose her mind!
I now hear myself saying things she said to me and my sister and, far from lamenting the fact that I’m turning into my mother, I rejoice in knowing that I’m doing some of the kind of things that made me into a decent adult. The small things turn out to be really good rules for living and impart bigger lessons than I knew.
Here are five things my mom used to say to me that make perfect sense right now.
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