So my wife and I are driving in to work this morning, listening to the radio and the morning crew at the station starts talking about their "Mom's Words of Wisdom" tribute going on this week in honor of mother's day. And a guy has called in and talks about when he remembers his mom giving him the sage old advice of character - 'Your character is what you are when no one is looking.' Yeah, yeah, yeah that's what LJ is all about a bunch of characters acting out while only fellow LJers are looking...
So, I try to think of something my mom imparted to me while I was growing up. I give a brief look at my wife with a sheepish grin and say, 'When serving a round, three layer cake, cut a small circle in the middle and proceed to cut wedges from the edge of the cake to the circle you just made.'
My wife looks at me and shakes her head and gives me a 'what kind of nut have I been married to for the last 13 years' kind of smile.
I didn't go on to explain to her why I think of that advice from time to time. It represents to me more than the practical advice that it is.
For one, it is practical advice to a problem that isn't such a big deal in the scheme of life. There are many instances in my life where I have found myself in situations where I know many people have treaded the same ground and I wish I had their bit of experience to simply handle it and walk on.
Secondly, it provides me with an incentive to think of creative solutions to problems no matter the size. This might be a little bit of a stretch - from cutting a cake in wedges to thinking outside the box, but it works for me.
I am pretty sure my mom didn't give me this advice for no other reason but to serve the cake, but I think it does a good job in representing our relationship with each other.
So how about you? What words of mom do you remember from growing up? And happy Mother's Day to all the blessed sages of this generation!!