I will be the first to admit, I am a daddy’s girl, but these days I find myself calling my mom everyday for some random piece of advice or to tell her any little thing that the kids say. She is my rock, and I am not sure why I have such a hard time telling her. Something changes in women when they have children and for some reason it has made me soooo much closer to my mother. She is quirky and crazy(I still roll my eyes several times a day while talking to her) But her strawberry freezer jam recipe will rival any southern mother’s and I am pretty sure her sweet tea has some kind of drug in it!! If you go to her house for a weekend you will know the menu for every meal before you get there and upon leaving you will realize you have gained at least 7lbs(probably will have learned an extra Bible verse or two)
I am super close to my friends and one of our favorite things to do is share all of the crazy stories about our mothers. We have entire brunches based around, if its not one thing it’s your mother! I asked them today what their favorite “mom quotes” were and I got an overwhelming response and a huge stream of text following about everyone’s mom. “What do you mean you aren’t going to church?” “Don’t plan life, LIVE life!” “I will beat you with that.” and my all time favorite from Adella herself….”Do not reward yourself with food, Erica…you aren’t a dog!” One friend said today, “I have never loved her more in my life.” Awwwww….:)
All moms have different beauty secrets that they instill in us at a young age. My mom just so happened to love Avon and MaryKay. This was probably due to the fact that I grew up in podunk and the closest even Walmart was 25 miles away. I can still remember my very first own bottle of Avon perfume, Sweet Honesty. It is amazing that Mrs. Deeter didn’t kick me out of 4th grade for how strong the smell must have been! Adella was always very, shall I say…forceful…in making me wash my face at night. THANK GOD! You can not imagine the amount of teenagers and even some 40 year olds that we have to beg make them wash their faces. I am trying that same tactic(but now on the receiving end of the eye rolls)with Anna Katherine and Audrey with the help of Clarasonic:) The second best thing she taught me was.. EXFOLIATE. She swore by Mary Kay Gentle Creamy Cleanser with a cheap washcloth for 2o years. Third but most important, ‘Mamaw Della’ has never liked me to be tan. She would tell me stories of how as a teenager she would lay out all day with baby oil and iodine and had the best looking tan legs, but always had an abundance of sunscreen around to keep me pasty and white! The one that I remember the most is called Bullfrog. Visit their website. This stuff is still amazing, www.bullfrogsunscreen.com. I even saw it tonight at Whole Foods! Use it all over you and all over your kids. Heck, put it on your dog’s nose! The more sun damage I see everyday, the more protection I use.
I have daughters, that are growing up faster than I did, I am pretty sure. We spend countless hours painting nails, fixing hair and applying tons of glitter eyeshadow. My bathroom is stocked to the brim with mascaras, eyelash curlers, lotions and nail polish…..but I am still teaching them the same “skin values”…..Don’t tan, wash your face, exfoliate, use sunscreen. It has worked for my momma. She looks great and hardly has any wrinkles at all! Plus, She is extra sweet and beautiful inside.
Mother’s Day is Sunday and I can not wait to get there. Mother’s Day gifts of Obagi in hand and ready to get spoiled rotten! Going to church and sitting in the same pew with my mom and grandmother. Then I am sure at lunch the advice concerning my love life will flow freely…I will try my best to not do too many eye rolls! I am blessed to still get to hear that annoying advice. HA!!!!!
Love you, Mamaw Della!