Advertisement

The God Squad: A chorus of thanks for mom and all she taught

May 17, 2013|By Rabbi Marc Gellman

Thanks to all of you who shared with me the most important life lesson you learned from your mother. Here are few that left your hearts and entered my heart:

L. wrote: "I think the most important lesson my mother instilled in me was the value of a good work ethic. If you're going to take the time to do something, do it right. To this day, she approaches life this way. And besides, you shouldn't argue with a 91-year-old, if you're smart."

S. wrote: "Mom never said an unkind word to anyone. She was devoted to her family and survived the loss of two children, and more than one grandchild, without losing faith or becoming bitter. I was visiting one day and watched my parents doing the dishes together and laughing over something small and silly. At the time, I realized that the secret to a long and happy marriage is to do things together and share lots of laughter.

Advertisement

"One day, Mom was at my house, with my orange tiger cat happily curled up in her lap, purring. I commented to her how lucky I was to have such good pets. Her reply (despite the severity of her dementia at that time) was, "Pets are like children. If you give them a lot of attention, they develop to their full potential." My parents had a plaque hanging near their front door that said, "Love never faileth." It now hangs near my front door. I cried on Mother's Day because I missed my mom. There was some sadness in the tears, but also happiness for the special person she was and all that she taught me."

J. wrote: "It was 1943. Two of my older brothers were in the Army. I had just turned 16 and my friend talked me into hiring out with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. When I asked my mother for permission, she said I had to pay board of $10 a week to her. I was only making $40 at the time! Eventually, I found my future wife and made plans to get married. At the wedding, my mother presented me with a bankbook with all my board monies intact. She told me if she hadn't done this, it would have been spent foolishly. This taught me a good lesson. P.S.: I retired from the railroad in 1989 after 46 years of service."

Daily Pilot Articles Daily Pilot Articles
|
|
|