Saturday, December 7, 2013

The World According to Ceci: My Mom's Lessons

You know how in your twenties, you start noticing that you occasionally sound like your mother? You might flinch a little and sigh, "I'm turning into my mother!"

Then, in your thirties, when you perhaps have children of your own, you hear yourself-- often-- sounding exactly like your mother.  But you no longer flinch.  You accept it.  Maybe even embrace it.  At least, that's how I've been feeling recently.  Because the older I get (and no, I'm not that old) I realize that she was and is often right about lots of life's little (and big) things.

My kids call her "Ceci," pronounced Sessy, because like most modern grandparents, she's simply not going to go with Grandma.  That's because she's less like this:

And more like this:

There are countless Ceci-isms that I enjoy, and surely many more that don't come to mind right at this moment.  However, until she starts a blog of her own (do it, Ceci!), I feel compelled to record some of her most classic/hilarious/ridiculous opinions/sayings here [not that I agree with all of them (still holding out hope that George Clooney will end up with a friend of mine), but beware: some that seem the most absurd, tend to be true]:

The World According to Ceci
  • Energy begets energy (i.e. stop your lollygagging).
  • Chocolate causes zits.  (A hard pill to swallow when I was pregnant).  But wait, you say!  That's an old wives tale!  I will then ask you:  why do I always break out after eating M&Ms?  AND, I must tell you, sorry folks, there has just been new "scientific evidence" that something in chocolate just might cause acne after all.  So, Ceci might be right on this one.

  • Don't drink alcohol during the day. (Again, this seems [unfortunately] to be sound advice; I always feel sluggish if I indulge too early).
  • Be suspicious of anyone who doesn't drink coffee.
  • If your friend has a baby, go visit her; even better, bring her a meal.
  • Lunch is the most boring meal of the day (Ceci has often said: if they made a pill I could take for lunch, I would).

  • Don't live together before you get married (that whole, 'why buy the cow when you get the milk for free' thing).   Is it old-fashioned or a wise form of self-protection?
  • Water your Christmas tree every day.
  • When in doubt, stick with beer.  This is true for me:  I like wine, but it keeps me up at night and makes me tired.
  • Wear layers.
  • George Clooney is gay.  (Alas!  he is now married, so this might be proved incorrect).
  • Don't trust a guy who drinks Diet Coke.  The problem with this one: my husband drinks it.
  • Kids should go to bed early.  Amen.
  • There should be a box of Kleenex in every room. 
  • A nap during the day will make you groggy.
  • Put on some lipstick.
  • Be sure to have plenty of towels and washcloths.
  • Floss your teeth.  (I do.  And it does wonders for shortening dental appointments).

What have you learned from your mother over the years?  Are there any lessons--big or small-- that have especially rung true since having children?

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

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