As a mother I know that it is my sacred duty to help my children navigate through this thing we call life. I try to gift them with little pearls of wisdom every chance I get and I know that they are taking these shiny gems of advice and tucking them away in their hearts.
As I was growing up my own sweet mother would often bestow little nuggets of wisdom upon my humble head. She had one in particular that was her favorite and this is how it would usually go:
â€œMom,â€ said child. â€œIâ€™m feeling tired.â€
â€œYou need to go and eat an egg,â€ said Mom.
Or â€œMom, Iâ€™m feeling a little lonely today,â€ said child.
â€œThen you should probably go and eat an egg,â€ said Mom.
If my memory serves me correctly there was a loud scratching noise like a needle being ripped off a vinyl record and I looked at my mom and said, â€œHuh?â€
â€œGo and eat an egg. They are good for you and you donâ€™t eat enough of them.â€
Was this her dastardly way of getting me to eat eggs? Why would she even say this to me when she knew how much I hated eggs? Usually I would just say, â€œUh never mind, Iâ€™m fine.â€ And go on my merry way.
Now Iâ€™m sure that the number of times my mom gave me this advice has been greatly exaggerated in my mind but looking back on my childhood it seemed like it was her solution to EVERYTHING.
A few years later when I was in college and a good friend of mine was telling me some sad story about her life I said to her, â€œIf I were my mom Iâ€™d tell you to go eat an egg.â€
â€œReally,â€ my friend asked. â€œWell my momâ€™s answer to all of lifeâ€™s troubles was to take a brisk walk.â€
We both laughed and talked about how maybe our lives would be so much better if we started eating eggs and taking brisk walks at the same time.
Letâ€™s fast forward to present day where Iâ€™m trying really hard to be a good mom to my children. One of the most frequent complaints I hear from my little kids is â€œMy tummy hurts.â€ How as their mother do I take care of this issue nebulous issue? Well, I start thinking of why someoneâ€™s tummy might be hurting and the number one problem that comes to my mind is that they probably need to go poop or, as we like to lovingly call it our house they need to â€œclear the chuteâ€.
The other things that I often deal with as a mother are the little aches and pains of my children. More frequently than I ever thought possible my they come to me and say â€œMy toe/nose/elbow/eyeball hurtsâ€. To this I usually say, â€œItâ€™s probably tired, you should go and take a nap.â€
It wasnâ€™t until my children started to come up and say, â€œMom my tummy hurts and no I donâ€™t have to poopâ€ that I decided that maybe I need to get some new advice. Just the other day Geoff looked at me and said, â€œI think a good epitaph for your headstone would be â€˜Sheâ€™s gone to clear the chute and take a napâ€™.â€ Hhhmmâ€¦ I guess I need to come up with some better bits of wisdom to share with my family.
Until then if you find yourself feeling sick/sad/lonely/angry, then I suggest you eat an egg, take a brisk walk, clear the chute, and take a nap!
What bits of advice did your mama give to you?