NorthEscambia Readers Share Mom’s Best Advice
May 12, 2013
For Mother’s Day, NorthEscambia.com invited our Facebook fans to answer the question “What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?”. Responses are below.
Feel free to add a comment to this story to answer the question or just wish your mom a (belated) Happy Mother’s Day.
What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?
Willene Bryan: My mama (Levonia Wilson, pictured top) was a very special woman. She raised 11 children and when my oldest sister died she left behind two children in which my mama and daddy raised that were just like sisters to me. Needless to say my mom had her hands full. My daddy worked at the Saw Mill. We didn’t have a lot but there sure was love. Mama always made sure our clothes were cleaned and ironed. She said anybody can be clean all you need is soap and water. She had the old wringer type washing machine and plenty of clothes line outside to hang and dry.
Lindsey Sherill: “This too shall pass!” Good or bad, it puts everything in perspective.
Amanda Lee Siler: My mom gave me my best piece of advice once when I was 15 years old. I was sitting in my room heartbroken because my boyfriend of a few years had broken up with me. Even though she had to work the next morning she came into my room and stayed up with me talking. She told me “Amanda, Men are always going to do you wrong. Don’t ever depend on someone else to make you happy. Be your own person and make yourself happy”. She taught me that its OK not to have a boyfriend and be independent. I may not have listened until I was much older, but her advice rang true. My mother taught me to be the author of my own happiness.
Amanda Cotton Nelson: My mom told me when I was a teenager “Nothing good happens after midnight” and as silly as that may seem its held true in many cases.
Chelsea Parham: My mama’s best advice was her telling me that popularity in high school doesn’t matter. She always told me that once all of us graduated and came into the real world that who you were in high school wouldn’t matter and I’ve come to find out that she was right.
Vicki Gandy Baggett: My mom always said, “Do what you can afford.” Her second best piece of advice was, “Marry someone who makes you laugh.” Wow! What some great advice!
Clint Keesler: Do No Marry Her.
Michelle Gibbs: Mom always told me “Please don’t repeat my mistakes!“
Aimee Cabral: When I was upset over something bad happening in my life, my mom would remind me “life isn’t fair and no one said it would be”. That has helped me so much over the past few years when bad things have happened. It seems harsh and strange, but it has helped me through my divorce, my financial struggles, vehicle troubles, and other hardships. It also reminds me that at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is my Jesus. Not my problems then or even my success now. I tell my children this now when they are upset with friends now. I am reminded I am human, not perfect and neither is anyone else.
Yolander Reynolds: Don’t help anyone that’s not willing to help themselves…RIP Mary D.Jones.
Rebekkah Parker: My mother’s favorite quote to me was “If you can’t believe a fool then be a fool.” I can’t count how many times I failed to take her advice but have learned some good wisdom from being a fool. Love and miss my Mother today in Heaven.
Ernestine Gunn: If you can’t say anything good, don’t say nothing at all.
Janice Parham: Life is too short to worry, hold grudges, or try to please everyone. It is YOUR life, live it YOUR way! It took me YEARS to take this advice…She is 100% right! She could also give ANYONE some awesome gardening tips! She is a 27 year breast cancer survivor and has taught us WELL to live for today! I love you, mamma!
Shannon Jones: “Let that be a lesson to you” whenever there was “teachable moment”.
Bonnie Glass: The best advice mama gave me “stop looking so hard for the right person most likely they are standing besides you” she was right. RIP MAMA & KEN.
Julia Harris: Never go to bed mad at the one you love.