Things My Mom Was Right About

January 30, 2013

My sweet mama and me on my wedding day

There was a brief period from about 1994-1996, when I was pretty sure I was being raised by idiots.  Turns out I was wrong.  Here are just a few of the five kabillion things my mom was right about…

1. You’ve got to clean for the cleaner.

Last week, I made an uncomfortable confession over at Lark & Bloom: I have a cleaner.

When I was a kid, my parents had a cleaner who came a few times a month, and I could never understand why, the night before she was due to come, my mom would make us clean the house.

“But Mooooom,” we’d whine.  “What’s the point of having a cleaner if you’re going to make us clean anyway?”

Now I get it.

I do my dishes and pick up all the toys off my floor because those things are easy, and if I’m going to pay someone to come and clean my house, I want them to spend their time bleaching my grout and scrubbing my toilet with a toothbrush (thanks, Sharon ;)), not do stuff I can do myself…or bribe my two-year-old to do.

2. Nothing good happens after midnight.

98% of the stupid things I’ve done have been in the wee hours of the morning.  I’ll leave it at that.

3. When you know, you know.

About a week before I met Simon, I called my mom from England to talk about a boy back home who’d told me he loved me.

“I love him,” I said. “I’m just not sure I’m in love with him.”

“Baby,” she answered, “if you’re having to work this hard, it’s not right.  When you know, you know.”

And we all know what happened next.


During those painful early teenaged years when I thought my mom was crazy, she told me I’d understand one day.  She was right.  So go on, add that to the list too.

11 responses to “Things My Mom Was Right About”

  1. Rod Arters says:

    Love this! So true! I used to own a restaurant called Quips Cafe and in it had quotes all over the wall. One of them, was a quote from my mom. It simply said, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” So true!

  2. So spot-on! Moms know everything…

    Cheers to you,

  3. Great post! I don’t know if I am old enough or experienced enough to know if all my mother’s words were correct but even now I see what she meant by certain things. I find myself evaluating things, coming to conclusions, and realizing that I have done it like my Mom. Parents are not as dumb as we think.

  4. Becca says:

    Growing up, my Mum often told me: “Love isn’t just a feeling. It’s also a choice. Some mornings I wake up and don’t feel head-over-heels in love with your Dad, but I choose to keep loving him and the feelings always follow”

    I didn’t understand it at the time, but now I do, and it prepared me for marriage better than anything else.

  5. Kaela Moore says:

    “Nothing good happens after midnight” is wisdom my mom passed on as well. Mom’s know what they’re talking about.

  6. Oh moms! They aren’t so bad….

  7. larkandbloom says:

    Love it! Sooo many things my mom was right about too. I think there should be military enforced curfews at midnight. Okay, that would be extreme but save a lot of people heartache.

  8. lucille1989 says:

    This post made me feel all sentimental about my ma. One of my favourite quotes from my mum is ‘tears come when they do’, she’s so right. When you cry, you cry and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  9. Die reis says:

    Now I know why I had to clean before the cleaner came!

  10. barbdsykes says:

    Beautiful. Mommies know (most of the time) and we are so blessed to have mommies who can guide us to becoming amazing women. Thanks for the posting.

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