Memories and Mama Lessons

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Memories and five “mama lessons” from today…

As I was helping Mom get dressed after her bath, she was upset and shouted, “Shut-up!”  I didn’t say anything, but a few seconds later Mom quietly, with repentance in her voice, said, “I’m sorry.” This was unusual for her, but I found it comforting.

When we were sitting on the loveseat together Mom said, “Who are you?”

“I’m Cheryl.”


“No.  I’m Cheryl.  Who are you?”

“Cheryl,” Mom happily replied.

My youngest brother walked in the room.  “Who’s that?” Mom asked.

“That’s my brother.”

“Oh, your brother.”  Mom seemed very pleased with this and added, “We have a brother.”

I had to get up to get something from the kitchen.  As I settled back down, Dad (who has almost no vision) held up a wadded tissue.  “What’s this?” he asked.

“Looks like Mom’s Kleenex.”

“How did it get in my bowl [of food]?”

“Um…Mom must have thrown it,” I answered. (She does like to throw her tissues around. Apparently she has good aim.)

A little later I said, “I love you, Mom.”

“I know you do,” she confidently replied.

“Lessons” from mama today…

  • Remember to say you’re sorry when you say something hurtful. It really helps.
  •  If you’re not sure what your name is, just be the person you are with. (Just kidding.)
  • Be happy and thankful if you have brothers.  (And/or sisters.)
  • Watch what you eat. Especially around Mom.
  •  If you forget everything else, remember that you are loved. And if you think no one does love you, know for certain that God does.


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