Coming to appreciate Mom’s wisdom

Published 12:30 pm Monday, May 10, 2010

Yes it is Sunday May 9, a special day set aside for some veryspecial people. People who can accomplish the impossible. Peoplewith an acute sense of intuition that allows them to know all anddo all. People who have the ability to make everything right withjust a hug and a kiss.

A day for those individuals, of the female persuasion, who canscale tall buildings in a single jump, drive faster than a speedingbullet, make organization out of chaos, be in two places at onceand make the rough and tumble seem soft and smooth — while doingit all with the grace of a ballerina and putting dinner on thetable each night.

Yes, if you haven’t guessed it yet guys, it’s Mother’s Day!

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And if this is your reminder, well you may have a long day ahead,especially if you have a 12:30 tee time or thought you might wet ahook. However, despite your forgetfulness, be safe in knowing Momwill forgive you; your wife won’t, but Mom will, because she’s amom and that is one of the reason’s she so special.

Moms put up with a lot from us guys. We all remember some of thewords of wisdom we received as we were growing up:

– Some day your face will freeze like that!

– You’re going to put your eye out with that thing!

– Don’t put that in your mouth, you don’t know where it’sbeen.

– There is enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes.

– Don’t talk with your mouth full.

– If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

– Why? Because I said so, that’s why.

– How many times do I have to tell you, don’t throw things in thehouse.

– Eat your carrots; they are good for your eyes. Have you ever seena rabbit wearing glasses?

– You’ll ruin your dinner.

– Think about the starving children in India?

– Be sure your underwear is clean, you might have an accident andhave to go to the emergency room.

And then there is my all-time favorite:

– Did you flush?

Guys, I don’t know about you, but I realized early on that therewas a Mom’s network out there. In the days before cell phones andtext messaging, Moms had their own innate system. You’d think you’dget out of your Mom’s radar range and wham!, there would be anotherMom wanting to know if you had flushed!

As I have grown older and become wise of the ways of the world, itwas in my adult years that I came to better appreciate the wisdomof Mom – both my own and my daughters’. Without our Moms this worldwould be a rough and tumble place without manners, withoutkindness, without compassion and without goodness. But one thing wewould have however is plenty of water.

Thanks Moms. Thanks wives. Happy Mother’s Day.

Write to Bill Jacobs at P.O. Box 551, Brookhaven MS 39602, orsend e-mail to