In honor of the event, last week, I asked NewsDash readers, what is your favorite childhood memory of your Mom—it could be rituals, quirks, sayings or a specific event.
I was surprised by such a small number of responses, but perhaps most readers were like the one who said: “I went through many and couldn’t pick one ‘favorite’. Nice prep for Sunday!”
But, among the responses received, quite a few were touching and some were funny. All responses remind us that Mom is special and there’s a reason we set a day aside to celebrate her. There’s no Editor’s Choice this week; every comment tied.A big thank you to all who shared in this week’s survey!
this memory is of my Grandmother, my Mom's mom, who lived with us - she always
sang when she came in to wake me up --- there may be fortunes waiting; there
may be debts to pay, so get up, get up and meet the sun halfway!
eyes closed, head on her chest, a peaceful slumber while eight children were
out getting ice cream with dad.
many years have gone by since Mum passed. One of my favorite memories is,
surprisingly, when she would be mad at one of us kids. At the height of her
frustration she would yell at the offender, "Do Not make my press my
belly-button and send you back where you came from!" I think I was terrified
of her belly-button until I was about 10 years old! Used it on my
children...LOL! They just snort at me, then laugh and tell their friends!
my sister and I would wake on Valentine's morning, there would be a gift on the
floor outside our bedroom doors, Usually Snoopy branded items for me.
from a big family, Mom had 7 kids and a large extended family I always loved sitting
around hearing the tales of earlier days. And it was always touching to hear
mom tell some special memory about me that I was too young to remember.
not a favorite memory, since I was on my way toward becoming a world-class
procrastinator my mother always told me, "Time waits for no man".
She's been gone 10 years now and I think of her every day - and generally take
care of business timely. MIss you Mom!
mother is a wonderful parent. One of my favorite childhood memories of her is
that she owned a kitchen hammer. It was brought out on special occasions to be
used, with a large fork, to separate frozen raw steaks from one another. I have
no idea why she never seemed to remember to defrost the steaks a day ahead of
time since she always planned meals and cooked for our family every day, but I
always knew that if she was using the kitchen hammer we were having steak for dinner!
was always there for you and would never let you down. She wore mommy googles
when it came to her kids being the smartest, cutest, and best children and we
were blessed to have her with us for 95 years. I miss her every day!
went through many and couldn't pick one "favorite". Nice prep for
Mom would periodically recite the poem 'The Goops' at the dinner table from
memory to encourage us to have better table manners
raised seven children, Sunday was one of the few days my mom had the chance to
rest. My favorite memories are spending Sunday's playing board games, having
picnics, and just enjoying family time.
we would pass by a church where a wedding was taking place, my mom would say
"They'll be sorry". It wasn't until I was I teenager that I realized
this wasn't the most appropriate response for this situation. But since my dad
never took offense ...
mom always kept a beautiful vegetable garden in the back yard. She grew many
different vegetables and always made it seem like fun, instead of work, when
she "let" us help her in the garden. We were poor, but my 3 siblings
and I never knew it until we were grown. My favorite memory was when Mom would
make a big deal about us eating only what we had grown in our garden. She made
it seem like it was the best thing in the world. Little did we know that she
did not have the money for meat or other groceries. Mom's gone now, but to this
day, my siblings and I all have a garden and even though we are no longer poor,
from time to time we still have great meals with food only from the gardens in
our own backyards. I'm grateful to Mom for teaching us that even though we were
poor, we were never poor in spirit!
Mom had all of these memorable sayings and phrases designed to make you think
or impart wisdom. For instance she would say "Familiarity breeds contempt"
and "Children should be seen and not heard". Those lessons aren't
shared in our modern society.
mother occasionally would wake me up by singing the "Good Morning to You"
song. It was a very nice way to wake up, and as she only did it when she was in
a good mood, I knew that we would have a nice day.
had a way of turning even everyday events into a party! On cold, blustery days
she'd have fresh cookies waiting when we got home from school and it was not
unusual for her to have made up some kind of game for us - nothing extravagant,
just fun. Like hiding red buttons around the house and the one who found the
most got to choose if they were going to wash or dry dishes that evening. With
7 kids we never had extra money but we were rich in love and fun.
baking! My mom was an amazing cook and baker. At Christmas, she would make 20
kinds of cookies and 20 kinds of candies, then make gift trays. Many went to
people without families or who just couldn't make homemade things anymore.
That's small-town Iowa. And lots of warm fuzzies for the heart.
favorite memory among many would be the times when she would dress me up (with
hat and gloves of course) and we would go shopping downtown at the department
stores, having lunch at the "Tea Room". It always was a special time
together for just the two of us.
4th of July parade always went by our house as a kid. My mom's birthday was the
5th. We always had a big gathering of friends and families. One year my mom,
who was very young when she started her family, dressed up as a cheerleader
with a blond wig, balloons strategically placed, and cheered every float and
band that went by the house. This memory captures her fun loving, who cares
what other people think spirit, which I wish I had more of... Thanks for
helping me to remember this.
The four of us teased our youngest brother mercilessly about being a mistake that our parents didn't want because he was 5 years younger, and the rest of us were only 3 years apart. When he went crying to our mom that we said he was a mistake that they didn't want, my mom replied, "You were all mistakes and we didn't want any of you." I'm pretty sure she was kidding - but with 5 kids, maybe not.
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