May 6, 2009


By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we can never say enough good about what our mothers have done for us. While most people will credit their education to school teachers, some of the most valuable things we ever learned came from our mothers.
This week, thanks to Allen Stock at the Foster County Independent, I’d like to share with you some of these valuable lessons that only could have come from a mother.

1. My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done: “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I’ve just finished cleaning.”
2. My mother taught me about religion: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
3. My mother taught me about time travel: “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you right into the middle of next week!”
4. My mother taught me logic: “Because I said so, that’s why.”
5. My mother taught me foresight: “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
6. My mother taught me irony: “Keep laughing and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
7. My mother taught me about the science of osmosis: “Shut your mouth and eat your supper!”
8. My mother taught me about contortionism: “Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!”
9. My mother taught me about stamina: “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is finished.”
10. My mother taught me about weather: “It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.”
11. My mother taught me how to solve physics problems: “If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming towards you, would you listen to me then?”
12. My mother taught me about hypocrisy: “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times: don’t exaggerate!!”
13. My mother taught me the circle of life: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
14. My mother taught me about behavior modification: “Stop acting like your father!”
15. My mother taught me about envy: “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do!”
16. My mother taught me about anticipation: “Just wait until we get home.”
17. My mother taught me about receiving: “You are going to get it when you get home.”