In honor of what would have been my mother’s birthday on Sunday, I’d like to share 10 of her favorite sayings. I’ve heard Mother repeat her words-to-the-wise at least 100 times. However, when I stop and consider the advice offered by these self-help truisms in dealing with life’s ups and downs, they still ring true.

Most of the time Mother’s repertoire of sayings remains undisturbed, buried deep in my memory bank. Now and again, though, one will pop out of my mouth. When it does, I smile and think of Mother and all of the love, support, and guidance she provided to us kids.

  1. Don’t cry over spilled milk.
  2. Don’t cross your bridges until you come to them.
  3. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
  4. You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.
  5. Many hands make light work.
  6. Once bitten, twice shy.
  7. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
  8. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  9. Actions speak louder than words.
  10. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

So what pieces of oft-repeated advice from your mother or grandmother have stuck with you?

Cecilia Taylor
Happy birthday in heaven to a mother
who truly earned angel wings.

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