In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, our staff reminisced about the words of wisdom our mothers shared with us growing up and still share with us today. Among the many lessons and examples they set for us, the following are a few that stuck!

  • “My mom would always tell my brother and I, ‘If it is to be, it is up to me.’ (I think it’s a quote by William H. Johnsen). She always encouraged us to be independent, self-starters, and I think she did a great job of demonstrating that philosophy in her own life.”
    – Jessica, Program Support Coordinator
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  • “My mom has always told me and my sister: ‘They only thing you can’t do in life is father a child’”
    – Mollie, Volunteer Engagement Specialist
  • “There are two things that my mom spoke of often that stick out to me from my childhood. She would say, if you ever want to smoke, that is fine – just lick an ashtray first to see what it will be like. And she also warned me to not do anything in the moment that I could regret for a lifetime. Mama Elzer always knows best!” 
    – Emily, AmeriCorps VISTA Video Production
  • “‘ A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.’ My mother used to tell me and my older sister, basically meaning if we had a designated place for things and always put them there, we’d always know where to find them.”
    – Adrianne, Program Support Coordinator
  • “My mom has often said these two quotes to me: ‘Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.’ ‘Every failure is a step closer to success.’”
    – LaTasha, Volunteer Partnership Coordinator
  • “My mother often reminded me, ‘You are stronger than you think,’ when challenges or difficult tasks arose. She also frequently said this right before my 400 meter hurdle races, which helped me push through the finish. And she was always right!”
    – Abri, Public Relations Coordinator
  • “When I was little, I used to think my mother’s favorite song was ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ by the Fine Young Cannibals. She would walk over to the CD/cassette player, turn on the song, and then start dancing while she dusted or performed some other small task that needed to be done. Later on in life, I found out she played the song whenever she was frustrated or mad, often as a result of my sister or I. She told me, ‘Well it was better than yelling at you, and if I turned up the music loud enough I could have three minutes to myself to calm down.’ Now I smile every time I hear this song. Amongst so many other lessons, my mother taught me how to deal with conflict in healthy ways, and of course, that cleaning should always be done while dancing to really loud music. Thank you, mom.”
    – Sarah, Program Support Coordinator

Thank you, moms, for everything you’ve given us and continue to do for us daughters! Happy Mother’s Day!