I painted this for my Mama as part of her Mama's Day present this year.
[Don't worry, you can scroll down, I typed out what it says. No need to put on those glasses.]
I've been collecting quotes that she always says, and jotting them down since last year. Then I picked my favorites and her most famous ones, whether they are serious or silly, and painted this canvas. The titles says "A Mama's Words Become Her Child's Thoughts". I realized more intensely once I moved away, that her words are always with me. Everything she taught me, and every word of encouragement, is in my mind just when I need it, even though I don't see her every day. I realized once I was on my own, being a wife and taking care of my home, just how much I learn from her every single day. She is constantly teaching me through her love.
I read recently that "A mother's heart is her child's schoolroom". Henry Ward Beecher said it. I'm not quite sure who he is, but I Googled him and saw a really ancient picture and figured he was legit. Anyway, I hope my baby learns from my heart. And I hope I have a lot to teach my baby. I hope my words become my child's thoughts. And I hope that I have good things to say.
Here's my Mama's quotes:
Knowledge is power. There's nothing like a nice glass of wine. Always say you're sorry. Take off your rings before making meatballs. Smile & the world smiles with you. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Just be your sweet self. You can't beat a good pair of panty hose. Less is more. All you need is a little lipstick. Say your prayers. My children are my greatest accomplishment. The secret to good cooking is a clean kitchen. A mother never stops worrying. Sweet dreams. Never say things you can't take back. You shouldn't read in the dark. You are beautiful. Are you buckled? Be politely assertive. Rise & shine. Walk with purpose. I wish I could live on wine & ice cream. Blabity-blah. Just do your best. That's what I'm here for. I am woman, hear me roar. Be safe. Sigh. I love you.
My Mother's Day was wonderful. Even though I haven't met our baby yet, my family got me surprise Mama's day gifts! I was so excited, not really for the gifts, but for the fact that I am actually going to be a real Mama. The wonderful man who made me a Mama (that would be Hubby!) got me a whole bag full of Burt's Bee's products! I mean a bunch. He knows how much I love all of the products, but won't always spend the money on myself. You sure know how to make a girl smile, babycakes.
And my Mama and Dad got me something so special. Several years ago, my Mama got a bracelet that say "A mother hold her child's hand for a short while, but her hearts forever." It is her favorite piece of jewelry, she treasures it, and never ever takes it off. This year, she got me the same one. I think I'll never take it off.
And I can't wait to hold my baby's hand.