Friday, January 11, 2013 - Late last night I received a message from Audrey. “I have been ask to speak in church on Sunday on PARENTING. Do you have a journal entry about Gammie?”
The thing is, when life gets tougher, I tend to put off my journal (or blog writing) probably because I am trying to sort things out in my own brain and I have difficulty expressing my feelings in writing. Seventeen years ago when my mother was diagnosed with terminal ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) I had a year and a half of "sorting it out" and didn't record much about her endless courage and faith during that very trying time, or of my own feelings, knowing that I would be "without" her in a short time.
Then I remembered something I had written about her just before she passed away in 1998.
SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT
recollections of life and love
Attitude makes all the difference.
Practice makes perfect sense.
When you make fresh bread, always give at least one loaf away warm.
Always pray before performing, or before doing anything else, for that matter.
Love your husband and always hold his hand.
Keep your temple clothing clean, pressed, and ready to wear.
Each and every freckle is worth a million bucks.
Own a dog.
Don't be too quick to take the car; it's okay to walk or ride a bike.
Music is something that you cannot keep to yourself.
The conductor is always right... especially when he's your husband.
When you go out to eat, share a meal.
A "good-night" kiss is very important.
Run a tidy ship but not a sterile environment.
It's good to have a well-balanced meal ready at dinner time.
Turn and give your husband a kiss after the food is blessed.
A ready smile warms the home.
Everyone loves hot rolls.
Take the smallest piece and serve yourself last.
Wrestle with your boys.
Have a good water fight at least once a year.
Cold fresh-water swimming is best.
Don't cry over spilled milk.
Trust your children.
"Good morning, Merry Sunshine" makes a pleasant wake-up call.
There's something extra special about being a "Gammie."
Stop and smell the pine trees.
Bruises will eventually disappear.
Share your testimony.
This morning, I sent my recollections to Audrey who responded, "I'm pretty sure you taught me all those things too. You must be a Gammie :)"
This touched me deeply. What a joy and a responsibility!