My Mother Always Told Me . . .

by Sheila on April 7, 2015

Three years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing, then 96-year-old, Minnie.  She was such a delight. During our conversation, she several times pointed her finger at me, with emphasis, stating, “My mother always told me, ‘Idle hands are the devil’s workshop .'”

It got me to thinking what fun it would be to hear what others’ mothers told them. So I went home and registered this domain. It has been sitting untouched for a while now and may continue to be quiet for a bit longer.

In the meantime though, if you happen on this site I’d love you to share in the comments below some of the things your mother always told you.

As for me, it would be nice to think that my mother always told me to finish what I started.  Unfortunately, I don’t recall that one. If that were so this blog would be much further along.

I do remember clearly though my mother’s parting words the night I got married, before my beloved Sam and I left for our honeymoon. “Never go to bed angry,”  she stated and we did not. At least we never slept in different rooms. Our last words were almost always, “I love you,” no matter what preceded it.  More of this is covered on my Love With No Regrets site.

My mother did add one interesting, final piece of advice, as we were leaving.  It’s one that we used almost right away.

She counseled, “If you ever get to a hotel and it has twin beds, have them put the beds together, turning the mattresses horizontally so that there won’t be a crack or space between you.” And so we did, to the shaking heads of the men who did this for us.  It was in a tropical area, long before the days of king-size beds.

So what are some of your memories of advice you received from your mother?  Did you follow what she said? Please share in the comments.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Adela Rubio April 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm

I remember when my mother told me, “The only thing that’s CERTAIN is CHANGE!” When she said it, it struck me like a lightning bolt. I was transfixed and the words seemed to echo infinitely in my being. The remembrance still carries the same effect. It’s almost like the heavens parting, and angelic choirs singing, LOL! What’s TRUE has that kind of effect.

Love the idea for this blog, Sheila. Thanks for the inspiration to share one of my Mom’s ‘gem moments.’


Sheila April 7, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Love it, Adela. In the meantime, I’ve been waiting for a Kindle or eBook with your mother’s favorite recipes. Although I’ve never met her, I have a visual of her hands stirring a mixture in a huge pot. The hands I’m imaging are somewhat like Minnie’s here. I will add some more photos of her expressive hands and face.

Thanks also for the acknowledgment. In FUN!!!


Cyndi April 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

The most significant words my mom often spoke to me were, “You can be ANYTHING or do ANYTHING you choose!” You can’t go wrong with that kind of voice in you head.


Sheila April 17, 2015 at 3:46 am

Absolutely, Cyndi. What a great message to be growing up with and carrying with you, guiding you throughout your life.


Lynn Sanders August 3, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Sheila, thanks so much for writing this blog. It’s very special to share what our mothers told us. My mom said so many gems of wisdom, and I remember feeling so distraught when she suddenly passed away because I didn’t want to forget anything. She loved the Latin motto, “Carpe Diem!” (Seize the day) and wrote to me that she was “carping” as much as she could. When I was worried about something, she’d gently say, “A year from now… do you think this will be important?” She always had a smile on her face, and let us know how important it was to keep in touch with family.


Sheila August 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

What a wise mother, Lynn, and what a beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing them with us. I’m making notes of these thoughts and reminders for myself. I love “carping as much as [we can]” throughout the day… the reminder of “will it be important a year from now” and, of course, the importance of keeping in touch with family.


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