….everybody is not going to like you. That right there? Has saved me a lot of heartache in life. You don’t like me? I don’t care. Next!
….never be available to anyone all the time. Word. I’m sure some of the dudes I dated didn’t appreciate me paying heed to this bit of wisdom. Definitely passing this one on to Lovegirl.
….wherever you nut up, I nut up. Talk about getting right and staying right! There were things I didn’t do just because I knew my Mama would clown me on the spot. Oh believe me I wanted to do some stuff, but um yeah, I knew my Mama was serious. I’m good.
…why are you asking me questions you already know the answer to? Why was I? I knew the answer was no. Geesh.
….you can always use me as an excuse. And often, I did. When I wanted to seem cool and my friends were about to do something I knew wouldn’t pass muster in our home, I’d just say “you guys know I can’t do that, my Mama is crazy.” And no one would pressure me to participate. The fact that no one had ever actually seen my mother cut a fool didn’t really seem to matter….My friends from high school have remarked on more that one occasion that my Mom is a whole lot more normal that I made her seem in high school.
….hell no. No I couldn’t: stay go out, wear that mini skirt, slather my face in makeup, go to that party, hang out with that girl (Mama told me that chick would be pregnant before the end of the year, and she was!! How did she know this stuff???), take a year off to find myself after high school….the list is exhaustive. And she was right. I had no business doing any of it.
Those are just a few examples of things my Mom told me as I was growing up. I didn’t necessarily appreciate it at the time, but now? I’m so glad she told me the truth, gave me words to live by, and didn’t let me just do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. And oh yes, Lovegirl is going to hear all of these. All of the time. Lucky girl!
Of course, Mama also told me I looked “darling” in those big ass red S.ally J.essy R.aphael glasses I wore in 9th grade. Trust me, I did not.
What did your Mama used to say? Was she right?