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.