by Mayi Carles of Heartmade
Did your mom ever tell you…
“Do you think I was born yesterday?”
“You’d forget your head if it wasn’t screwed on.”
“Don’t make me stop this car”
“If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?”
“It’s all fun and games until someone pokes an eye out.”
“Money doesn’t grow on trees!”
“Don’t use that tone with me.”
“Don’t make me come in there.”
“Elbows off the table.”
“I don’t care what [name of best friend]’s parents say, in our house you follow our rules.”.
“We can talk about the rules when you start paying rent.”
“While you’re living under this roof…”
“Don’t talk with your mouth full.”
“Why? Because I said so, that’s why!”
“Clean up your room, missy.”
“Is that too much to ask?”
Ring a bell anyone?
Times have certainly changed. The absence of facebook + twitter in my teens sure saved my parents a ton of nightmares.
Our cultural differences sure play a big role. I’m sure my Sunday brunches with sangria + gazpacho might freak more than a handful of my non-hispanic friends.
But one thing seems to always be the same: moms will always be moms + they’ll always have their oh so famous quotable one-liner for every occasion to make us cringe + laugh at the same time. Wouldn’t you agree?
But one thing’s for sure universally + timelessly: mamma’s everywhere have a favorite line that beats all others, “No matter what you do, I’ll always love you.”.
There is much power in that 9-word phrase.
It gives us confidence to shine.
It gives us leverage to play (big).
It gives us the push we need to jump, no matter how scary + no matter how afraid we are.
Because no matter how miserably we fail, mamma will always be there.
Understanding that fact makes us invincible.
I hope the day I get to become a mommy I begin to sound more like my mom + use some of her phrases + even adopt some of her what-seem-like old fashion ideas (i.e. boyfriends can’t sleep in the house… oh gosh I really hate that one), in the hopes that I too get the chance to give my child(ren) the power to dream big + imagine better + achieve more.
Mayi Carles is a super passionate artist + eco-friendly designer + creative coach + editor of heartmade blog with big dreams + messy ideas + a severe cupcake addiction + a funny Panamanian accent. Mayi’s on a mission to empower creative hearts to dream bigger + imagine better + achieve more + embrace all the beautiful messiness in-between. To connect with Mayi, follow her tweets at @mayicarles.
I love this! Now I have two little ones I’ve realised I’m saying the same things to them that my Mum (and Dad) used to say to me. Top of the list is ‘because I said so’ and ‘life isn’t fair’ in answer to the eternal ‘it’s not fair’ whining! I’m sure as they grow older I’ll be adding a few more into the mix!
I love this post, I can see some of my mother’s sentences are, in fact, universal! Best regards from Barcelona,
I’ve used all of those on my 2 boys 18 & 14 and the last one just last night at 1 am when my car was miraculously missing from my driveway?! 🙂
I loved this too. I could visualize my Mom in every phrase!
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