There are countless things I remember my mom saying as I was growing up. "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar." "Into every life, some rain must fall." "If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride." "Que sera, sera." They weren't all so cliche. Some were more practical. "If they don't like you for you, then they're not worth it." "Never buy white." "Some day you will understand."
There are two things that I distinctly remember her saying to me, over and over, that rang particularly true today.
1. "Some day, when you are a mother, you too will buy shoes from Target!" This was after I made fun of her Target tennis shoes, preferring my (and I am dating myself here) Tretorns and my K-Swiss, tightening the scrunchie in my hair. What she did not tell me was that not only would I buy shoes from Target, but that it would be an absolute treat to do so. Now, I have been a Target shopper since becoming a mom. And the shoes--especially the summer shoes--just make me giddy. I have sandals in every color of the rainbow and flip flops like you would not believe. Heels of varying height, color, style. Clogs, potato shoes, loafers, tennis shoes. I....LOVE....SHOES. Unfortunately, since having Charlotte, most of my shoes do not love me. Maybe my feet changed. Maybe I am just getting old. BUT....today, I experienced pure heaven on earth. THE most comfortable pair of shoes that I have ever had on my feet. And yes...they came from Target. Feast your eyes. That's right. Suede moccasins lined with faux fur. They sell them at American Eagle for $40 and they are all the rage with the "young folk" around here. Maddy got a pair after Christmas. Sarah liked them so much she went to Target and got them for a whopping $9.00. I couldn't find my brown slip on shoes this morning, so she offered to let me wear them. At first I was like, "Those are Grandpa slippers!" But then I put them on. Words can not express. Seriously.
2. "Never put it in writing if you don't want everyone to know." The first time she said this, I had gotten the babysitter in trouble by pulling her letter to her boyfriend out of the trash can and reading it and then tattling to my mom. Yesterday, I wrote the third installment in my "One Year to an Organized Life" experiment. When I wrote it--actually, whenever I post--I never anticipate anyone ever reading it aside from my mom and mother-in-law. I was blown away when I checked and there was a comment from no other than Regina Leeds, the author of the book and the Zen Organizer! I was almost giddy with excitement--both because I really didn't think anyone read this and because she is like a real life published author. Not that I didn't want her to read it, but there were times where my secret(not so secret anymore) inner smart aleck shone through!
And yes, Mom,...now that I am a mother...I do understand. And while I still do buy and wear white, I always regret it. HA!
and last....some random Charlotte and Hannah cuteness...just because it has been a while.