My mom has been reading Unstuff Your Life and seems to be on a de-cluttering rampage. (If she didn't already watch my boys and do my dishes for free--and if I were actually at home for any given period of time--I'd ask her to help me de-clutter my house.)
In all her decluttering, she found some old notes from me to her.
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Let's look at what I admired about my mom:
- I admire the way you seem to always know where things are, when I think that I have already looked everywhere. I still lose everything. Just ask Christian. I never know where my keys/phone/running shoes are.
- I also admire the way you keep your room so nice, neat, and tidy. It's never dirty. My room is never nice, neat, and tidy.
- And you can do the dishes so fast. I am slow. Slow, slow, slow. It still takes me forever to clean or do the dishes or do just about anything. How do people do things quickly?
- Also, you do a wonderful job of putting on your make-up. I[t] is such a good job that you can't tell that you really have any make-up on. This is a skill, people. My mom always looks nice, but in a natural way. She doesn't look "done up." I, on the other hand, am too lazy to put on make-up half the time. On those days, I just pretend I look good and avoid mirrors...
- P.S. I love the way you cook. P.S. I don't like to cook.
I went on to write, "I hope that in the next week's time you can help me to improve these qualities in myself." (Note the correct usage of "myself." I can guarantee that 12-year-old me knew how to use "myself" correctly.) Is it funny or sad that 17 years later I haven't figured out how to do these things? I obviously still need my mom to help me do my dishes and keep my room clean...
What would I add to the list now?
- How outgoing she is.
- Her confidence.
- How willing she is to help all her children with just about anything.
- Her gardening skills.
- Her decorating style.
- Her furniture refinishing skills.
- Her affinity for reading good books.
- That she's not afraid to go to the movies alone (and does so quite often).
- That she always has something interesting to talk about.
- That she exercises regularly and has healthy eating habits.
- That she remembers everything that's going on in our lives even when I can't even keep track of it myself.
- I could go on...
Stay tuned for part 2 to see the list the qualities my 19-year-old self wanted in a future husband...