Today is my mom’s birthday. 92 years young! Happy Birthday, Mom!

92_years_old_birthday_designs_postcard-rd3b3cba3be504642904cc27f6af7101c_vgbaq_8byvr_324In honor of her, and her birthday, here are the 10 top things she has taught me:

  1. Eat what’s put in front of you. Have a taste and if you don’t like it, leave it. But at least have a taste.
  2. Know who you are. If you aren’t a socialite/athlete/brainiac, don’t pretend to be one. Be yourself.
  3. Don’t put on pretenses. We came from working class folks who sacrificed a great deal for a better life in Canada. “Your dad’s family might be related to the Queen of England, Janine, but my mother was a maid.” (I know I have royal blood! Just can’t find it in ancestry.com.)
  4. You don’t need to have a million friends or acquaintances to be happy. It’s better to have a few people you love and trust than dozens of friends who won’t be there when you need them.
  5. If you commit to something, do it.
  6. Don’t be late.
  7. Don’t give me wine while I’m still cooking – I won’t want to make the gravy!
  8. Everything in moderation! “I’m satisfied with just one bite!” My mother can have an open bag of potato chips for a week – taking 15 each night then sealing up the bag. No wonder she weighs the same thing now that she did before she was pregnant with me!
  9. Move it or lose it! Mom lives in a seniors apartment complex. At least once each day she walks down and up the 5 flights to her apartment. When she hit her 70s she saw so many of her friends begin to fail physically – and they were generally the same people who were content to sit on the sofa or use the elevator.
  10. Always look on the bright side of life! Don’t sit around and moan about the bad stuff. Life is a gift so appreciate it
    . We have everything we need. God will always take care of you.

Gratulerer med dagen, mamma! We love you and are so appreciative that you are celebrating your 92nd!

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