Residents share mothers’ advice

Published 12:01 am Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day – the day set aside to honor mothers as one of the most important persons in our lives.

The celebration of Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century. It was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, W. Va. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries, and it is now celebrated all over the world.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, take the time to ponder on some of the most valuable advice. Here are a few examples:

Edna Adkins Kilcrease said, “Mom always said that where there is a will, you will find a way. I have found that to be so true.”

Tomi Cox said, “My mom, Beverly Harmon, always taught me that ever child is different, and you can not look at each the same. They will do different stuff like different things and most of all be different people. And to make sure you discipline each one in the same way.”

Kelley Coone said her mother, Gwen, gave her these two nuggets.

“Tomorrow is a new day fresh with no mistakes in it, and be an individual,” she said. “If everybody else eats poop that doesn’t mean you have to!”

Courtney Anderson got this jewel from her mother-in-law, “Always put lotion on your feet, because you never know when a good-lookin’ man will try to rub them.”

Lauren Snodgrass’ mother gave her this valuable life lesson.

“Always be able to take care of and support yourself – without depending on someone else,” she said.

Deborah Stokes said her mother’s words helped her make it through an early rough patch in her marriage. The advice is true today, she said.

“Years ago, when I first got married, my husband and I had our first argument,” she said. “I was going to leave my husband. My mom said, ‘Do not ever make a decision when you are angry. Think on it. Before you leave him, make real sure that’s what you really want to do because sometimes there is no going back.’

“Needless to say I listened, and I have been married to the same guy for 36 years,” she said.

Sally Thompson said her mother always encouraged the “golden rule.”

“Always treat others as you would have them treat you,” she said. “It works most of the time too.”

Marsha Gomillion Phillips’ mother Martha Jo said, “Just remember, I raised my children to know there are times that you will have to be the bad guy, to do what is right. Though you may be hated for it, do it anyway because you know it is right and you know it is what I would expect you to do.”