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What My Mother Taught Me

AARP members share the words of wisdom that have been passed down from their moms

As Mother's Day approaches, I've been thinking about all the things that my mother and grandmothers taught me over the years: the little sayings that have been handed down from generation to generation. My Mom had a stroke more than 20 years ago, which makes it hard for her to converse and write these days. One of my most treasured possessions is a note she handwrote: "This, too, shall pass." It has helped me through many a stressful and panic-filled moment.

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I know everyone has heard similar pearls of wisdom from their own moms and grandmas, so I asked some of our readers to share those words with me.

Here are some of my favorites.

"Bloom where you are planted." — ­Suzanne Rainey, Denver

"When you point a finger at someone, three point back at you." ­— Angel-Sally, AARP Online Community

"Every jar has its lid."­Susan Frierson, Atlanta

"Kill 'em with kindness and watch 'em squirm." ­Anne Stevens Rush, Gahanna, Ohio

"Life is too short to bicker about politics." — ­Kim Weir, Alexandria, Va.

"Don't judge people by your own thermometer." — ­Natalie Phillips Mills, Hilliard, Ohio

"If you don't have it in your head, you'll have it in your feet."­gmaps, AARP Online Community

"Always wear closed-toed shoes to the Dodgers game." — ­Patti Shea, Alabama

"Treat everyone as if it was the last time you were ever going to see them."­Machelle Matthews Stewart, Athens, Ohio

"Never, never neglect yourself. It doesn't matter how you feel, always try to look your best." — ­saravdw, AARP Online Community

"Leave with the one who brung you."­Eleanor Duncan Campbell, Alexandria, Va.

"Never go to someone's home empty-handed.­beverlythomas, AARP Online Community

What's the best — and worst — advice, idiom, truism or old wives' tale your mother and grandmothers have told you? Post your favorite in the comments below.

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