Friday, May 7, 2010

Lessons from my Mother

Mother's Day is fast approaching and during this time, I've been thinking of my mum more so than usual. I miss her, her anecdotes & her little nuggets of wisdom. I'd thought I'd share what I remember and love about my mum's funny, witty & delightful life and the invaluable pieces of advice I will cherish forever:

  • Take good care of skin, you only have ONE face and prevention is always much better than cure.
  • Your shoes & handbag must always match! (That was dispensed to me in the 80s & early 90s & since then she learnt that's it was ok to mismatch and I've since followed suit)
  • Never leave home uncoordinated
  • Dress/Look your age
  • ALWAYS wear nice underwear, you'll never know when you might get hit by a bus or get into an accident and the ambulance people/hospital staff will have to see your ugly underwear
  • Every woman should wear a little bit of makeup
  • Treat yourself to facials REGULARLY - its worth every penny
  • Always use eye cream
  • ALWAYS keep your expensive bags in its dust bag
  • BITE your shoes before they BITE you!
  • One can never have enough shoes, handbags or jewelry
  • Men MUST buy women Jewelry
  • Men with sloping shoulders cannot be trusted (as told to her by her mother & grandmother)
  • Don't marry a man with too square a jaw - that means he's cruel (once again, as told to her by her mother & grandmother)
  • How he treats his mother is indicative of how he'll treat you in the future
  • The man should love you more than you love him
  • Good boys do not kiss & tell
  • Always plan your wardrobe before you pack for travelling
  • Always carry an clean set of underwear & a t shirt in your carry-on bag, just in case
  • Never be afraid to use an umbrella in the sun! :) 
  • Always use sunscreen
  • NEVER wear white on a plane (in case of spills and stains)
  • Every woman needs to learn how to keep house
  • Always make your bed
  • Always put things back from where you took them - that's how you stay organized
  • Plan where to put your furniture 
  • You can't choose your family, so you better all get along
  • Marry the boy/girl, marry the family
  • Family comes First
  • It's mind over matter: if you don't mind, then it doesn't matter
What valuable pearls of wisdom have your mums dispensed to you? :) Happy Mother's Day!

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