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What our moms taught us

Sarah Mausolf & Caramie SchnellVail CO, Colorado
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On its most basic level, Mothers Day is time to say, Hey, thanks for giving birth to me. We all owe mom for that one. Along with bringing us into the world, our moms taught us how to navigate it. Mom taught us to separate the whites from the colors when we do laundry. Mom showed us how to make pie. Through her example, mom taught us how to love. To celebrate Mothers Day today, we asked locals to share the lessons they learned from their moms. Apparently, we have some amazing mommas on our hands.

Navy doesnt go with black.The world is passing you by if you want to sleep in on a Saturday.Never wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.Your shoes should match your purse.You have to eat something for breakfast.Nobody owes you a living.Always have a drink of water before you leave the house.Correct grammar is noticed and appreciated.Your skirt should fall to the middle of your knee (that was 1960).When tucking in a child a night, always say Ill love you some more tomorrow. Jeanne Reid White, Edwards, COIts nice to be attractive but you dont have to be the attraction Mark Bricklin, Edwards, COMy mom taught me that I always look better with a smile. Ashley Bliss Vail, CO Over the last 28 years I have learned more from my mother than anyone else I have ever met. In fact, sitting down and thinking about it makes it hard to pick just one thing she has taught me. Obviously it was good that she taught me how to use a toilet, it might be awkward these days if Id never learned how. And clearly its awfully nice that she took time out of her busy schedule owning Concord Teacakes (a bakery in Concord, MA) to teach me how to cook Im always amazed that other people werent taught things like that from their mothers, especially fellas. And there are hundreds of other things she taught me, so many it almost seems as if I should follow Jimmy Carters footsteps and write my own book about my mother because shes that important to me. There is one thing that I have learned from my mom that has been invaluable at the hardest times in my life to always be there for the people you love.She has shown me that the way to a truly positive and successful life is to be there for other people, through thick and thin. She taught me that happiness comes from helping to make others happy. Andrew Fersch, Edwards, CO by way of Concord, Mass.My mom taught me no matter what you are doing (or where you are living) you are always the Queen of the East Side of something. Be it, sewing, hop scotch, pie making. She would always say, Are you kidding, Im the Queen of the East side of jump roping. She has two knee replacements. But I think its a lesson in confidence and how important it is to believe in yourself.Cassie Pence, Eagle-VailI suppose I could relate a story about mom imparting lessons of politeness and respect, of which she did a fine job. This was no daunting taskfor a nice lady dealing with a helion. But when I look back on my childhood, one thing she said seems to stick with me even today. She was always telling me go outside and play! This came in many forms and many conditions, typically while I was parked in front of the Nintendo. Whether she used a strict, enthusiastic, encouraging, demanding, or pleading tone, the words always forced me outside. Here, I learned to make use of my surroundings, develop a genuine respect for them, and entertain myself. All three of which, 20-some-odd years later, are probably the underlying reason I moved here. Stephen Bedford, Edwards My mom is probably the most practical person I know. I dont know anyone who can dissect a problem as well as she can, and I try to be like her in that way. When I have a problem, mom always helps me sort out what I can control and what I cant, and helps me figure out what to do. Above all else, though, my mother is kind, setting a wonderful example for me and everyone who knows her. Sarah Stewart, BreckenridgeMy mom taught me a lot, from everyday knowledge, like how to make proper sweet tea, to the more profound: why do you want to be friends with someone who doesnt want to be friends with you? (I think that last one came during the second grade, but made a lot of sense with other aspects in my life, too).I think if I had to pick one of the most memorable and lasting lessons that my mom taught me, it would be Jump up, youre fine. It really made an impact on how I live my life. Granted, when she started telling me that, it was when I had skinned my knee running around or falling off my bike. But now, even when my injuries usually result from some snowboarding snafu, it still applies to the bigger picture. When something doesnt go exactly the way that I planned or how I think it should, I can almost hear her saying, Well, jump up. Youll be fine. And I always am. Shes taught me that you can usually make things or situations better by looking at it with a positive attitude and making the necessary changes, not by dwelling on defeat or succumbing to self-pity. Katie Coakley, BreckenridgeMom and I would listen to baseball games all the time when I was a kid. The baseball announcer would say, And now the other team is going to intentionally walk so-and-so. Mom would stop what she was doing and say, And no youre going to split your infinitive. And thus, a future sports writer was born. Never split your infinitive.Pitching and defense makes a baseball team a winner. Unfortunately, the San Francisco Giants have never had enough of both to do so. My mom and I and other Giants fans are still waiting for our first championship since 1954.Sit down, shut up and watch the baseball game. Dont ask me to buy you assorted food and souvenirs. Watch the game.If the San Francisco Giants were playing on the East Coast, dinner wasnt coming until after the game. My father, who never liked baseball, never understood that. Chris Freud, Eagle-VailThings my mother taught me … more by example than by preaching: There is humor in almost everything … find it and laugh, most often at yourself. Dont be embarrassed to be silly. Tall women should never wear pants that are too short. Celebrate anything and everything … life should be full of celebrations. We are all more alike than different. Everyone has their demons as well as their moments of inspiration. Appreciate the small things and fleeting moments … they are what you remember about life. Find something, anything, you are really good at.Vera Dawson, FriscoWhen all else fails, bake up a batch of Nestles Toll House chocolate chip cookies and that will fix everything! Sue Poisson, Eagle-VailMy mother told me to treat challenging situations as adventures. She knew exactly how to appeal to my innate sense of adventure to make tough situations seem easy … a challenge. This advice has carried me through countless new schools, new jobs and interviews. I feel confident in saying that this advice allowed me to become a journalist later in life, unafraid of accepting new challenges … as adventure. Austin Richardson, AvonAlways say YES to your husband when he wants it, otherwise hell go elsewhere to get it since theres always someone ready to give it up!P.S. Always said YES but am now divorced. He wanted it from both of us! Oh well, so much for that advice … Anonymous, Eagle-VailFrom my mom I learned to always separate whites from colors when doing laundry, and put the soap in first and get the water started before putting the clothes in.And when baking chicken, baste every 20 minutes. Jessica Slosberg, AvonMy Mom is deceased. I miss her more and more each year when there are things I find I want to share with her, and just pick up the phone to call her and tell her and realize I just cant. Most profound: I realize there is just no one in the world who will love you like your mother. It might not be perfect. It might be rejected but when she is no longer there anymore, there is this breath of life there is this breath of living that is removed from you. I cant explain it but someone else might. Jill Coyle, former Vail residentI have an amazing mother one for the record books. My mother, Eileen (Geoghegan) Sordi, who recently relocated to Eagle from New York, always told me to always tell the truth for obvious moral reasons but added: if a person always tells the truth, they never have to remember which lie they told whom to keep things straight. She was right! She also always taught us to find the positive in any situation. No matter how tough life was or how mean people were, mom always found the kindess in someone. Rather than criticizing others for their faults, mom taught us to focus on improving our own faults and with Gods grace, to forgive people. To this day, Mom still does this, even in the most difficult situations shes a daily inspiration to me. In a time when fighting divides families, revered by her in-laws and my fathers enormous family, Moms highly regarded as a peacemaker because she has a loving, forgiving heart. Im so blessed shes mine! Nicole (Sordi) Dewell, EagleMy mom taught me how to unconditionally love someone and treat them as you would like to be treated. No matter what someones circumstances are and no matter what their walk in life is, you always should love them for who they are. No more and no less. Before you pass judgment on someone or something, you need to understand their side of the story.She taught me how to act in times of struggle. How to put your head down, shut up, and fight your way through the most difficult times that life throws at you. That no matter how hard something is or how many times someone tells you that you cant do something, theyre wrong. Most importantly, she taught me that theres always light at the end of the tunnel. Ryan Schnell, DenverMy mother taught by example: she was kind, loving, independent, funny and was president of a national organization that helped immigrants get situated in the United States. She even fostered children, at times. My mother died when I was 34, before, you might say, I came into my own.I often wonder what shed think of me and how Ive lived my life. Hopefully, shed give me a thumbs up!To those of you who are lucky enough to still have your mom in your life I say cherish those moments. Share with her, laugh with her. Forget the flowers; instead, give her time. Your time. Believe me, there is nothing, absolutely nothing she would cherish more. Brenda Himelfarb, Eagle-Vail High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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