In Honor of Mother’s Day Advice Our Mothers Gave Us


By Judie Holcomb-Pack

If you’re like me, sometimes the advice your mother gave you that you promised you’d never say to your own kids has a way of coming back to haunt you the first time those words spew unexpectedly from your mouth. I still remember saying to my son in a moment of exasperation, “I hope someday you have a son just like you!”

So with that in mind, I asked several seniors about the advice their mothers had given them that they found useful even to this day. Here is what they said:

“When you travel, always take food, water, and clean underwear” Ada Joyner, mother
of Roberta Grantham. Roberta is a member of Piedmont Cheering Hearts cheerleaders that participate in Piedmont Plus Senior Games.

“Choose kindness, even when it doesn’t seem like an option” Laura Catherwood, mother of Kelsey Catherwood, Senior Recreation Leader with Recreation and Parks Special Populations Division.

“Always do the right thing, no matter what society says” Katherine Felder, mother of Dr. Dennis Felder. She also told him, “If they can do it, you can do it.” Good advice for setting high goals for yourself!

“When you’re dating, ask how the guy feels about housework.” Good advice shared by Ruby Pulliam’s mother!

“There’s a lot worse things than being poor” Frances Caudill, mother of Tammy Caudill. This was advice given when Tammy was lamenting some unexpected expenses.

“Pray for your friends often, but always pray for your enemies” Angela Dencher, mother of For Seniors Only marketing representative and newly-wed Samantha Dencher-Branam.

“You are known by the company you keep” often noted by Bonnie Doerr’s mother. Bonnie is a local author of tween fiction books with environmental themes.

If you’re a mother or a grandmother, remember that all that sage advice you’ve shared with children and grandchildren hasn’t gone unnoticed. It just may be waiting for the right time to be appreciated. 



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