My mom and dad both celebrate their birthdays this week. With a scant 48 hour lead in joining the world, mom has earned a good bit of teasing over the years. For those two days she's married to a younger man.
Life Lessons Learned from My Southern Mother
The more years that pass, the more I learn from my mother about life, and love, and good cooking. Here's the top ten...
- Always make your cornbread (and most everything else) in an iron skillet.
- There's a time to be lady-like and a time to raise hell.
- When frying chicken, use "more salt than you think you need."
- Go to the funeral. It's hard. Do it anyway.
- Stock your pantry well when you can. It makes life easier when you can't.
- When you are weeding the garden, you gotta dig up the roots.
- Always return mason jars. To not do so runs the risk being blacklisted from future gifts of chowchow and muscadine jelly
- If you are going to go through the trouble of making cinnamon rolls, you might as well make enough to share with the neighbors.
- If you don't send a thank you note for the wedding gift, don't expect anything for your baby shower.
- It's better to want something you don't have than have something you don't want.
And I can't leave out Dad...
I could make a list a mile long of things I learned from Dad. But, when I try, they can all be summed up in one sentiment.
Love is a verb.
So, a big, "Happy Birthday!" to the parents that made this Southern Girl who she is today!
What wisdom has your mom shared with you? Let me know in the comments so I can include it in my Mother's Day blog post!