Post a Picture of Mom

In anticipation of Mother’s Day next Sunday, Macy’s will donate $3 to five charities for every Throwback picture posted of Mom on Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr using #MacysLovesMoms through Mother’s Day, May 10th.

Pictures can be posted any day of the week, not just on the traditional Throwback Thursday and donations will be made to Futures Without Violence®, Go Red for Women®, Make-a-Wish®, Reading is Fundamental and my favorite, National Park Foundation.

So it’s time to get busy locating your best photos of your Mom to share Monday Memories, Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday as well as every other day of the week.

I need to get busy looking for more of these old throwback pictures to post all week.

Quotes for Mom

The second Sunday in the month of May, the day set aside to recognize mothers. Since I lack any profound words to share with my mother, I’ve included a salute to my mom and mothers everywhere with these quotes by the famous and not so famous.

IMG_4860Sometimes life can be difficult.

That’s when it’s good to have a Mom.

~Kevin Morehouse, age 10

Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.

~Erma Bombeck

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.

~Ellen DeGeneres

I’m sure if mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.

~E. M. Forester

I don’t understand why some women say, ‘I’m just a mom’.

Remind me again what job on the planet is more important…

~Susan Hallem

All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

~Abraham Lincoln

There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.

~Jill Churchill

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.  All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.

~George Washington

Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.

~T. DeWitt Talmadge

Thanks, Mom for everything and Happy Mother’s Day!


Permission Granted

This was originally posted in November 2012, but I thought it was appropriate to post again on Mother’s Day.

After reading an article in the local paper on Mother’s Day, 2011, I asked my daughters what bits of advice I’d imparted through the years had been the most helpful. Sadly, they could not respond. Of course, when they turned the table on me asking what words of wisdom my mom shared with me, I too, drew a blank.

In the following weeks, I tried on several occasions to think of advice I’d given or should have given, even making lists of these little pearls. Finally I resolved to send a weekly message as a way to rectify my failure to provide that motherly advice. My Mother’s Day Resolution – write a message every week for one year,  and thus, Mom’s Monday Memo was born.

Since these messages belonged to Meghan, Emily, and Sarah, I asked their permission before posting on a blog. (Although I must admit I bought the domain name and set up a site before sending the email that follows.)

Over the past 75 weeks (now 100 weeks) I’ve written Mom’s Monday Memos to you. These have only been shared with the three of you. Dad even complains sometimes that he’s been left out and accuses me of writing bad things about him!

However, after attending the Sanibel Writer’s Conference, I’d like to do more with these messages. I’d like to use them as a basis for a blog, Mom’s Monday Memos. The blog would pretty much be just a compilation of these messages – posted weekly. Although I do have some other ideas that could be included since the blog workshop encouraged posting daily! I would not be able to use all of them – no one wants to know about your family health history – but I would use many of them. Of course, you’ve just seen the rough drafts since I would have to polish each piece to actually publish it on a blog. I would also carefully edit references to you, although I don’t think I’ve said anything in any message that would be hurtful or embarrassing – if so, I’m sorry, that was not my intent.

Before, I pursue this idea further, I feel I should ask your permission to continue with this project. After all, these were suppose to be just me talking to you. If you allow me to use these pieces on a blog, please feel free to add comments and suggestions. For example, do NOT include #?…or these are my favorites…or you really should change this part…etc.

Let me know what you think!


A few minutes later, Meghan responded:

Go for it.

I got a tweet from our friend who was at the SIWC who said he saw you’re on twitter and thinks he unknowingly met you yesterday. He asked if you write us regular memos. I said yep, that’s her. We’ve received one every Monday for over a year now.

Shortly after, Emily sent this message:

Blog away! I think this is a great idea. Plus, I’m pretty sure we were all planning on publishing these in a book after you died anyway.


This way we won’t have to fight over the royalties. 🙂

Then Sarah chimed in:

Works for me.

So now with permission granted, Mom’s Monday Memo has found its way to the web.

My question to you: What’s your mom’s best advice? I hope you’ll share by leaving a comment.

Dave’s Mom on Mother’s Day

How can anyone resist David Letterman’s mom? He obviously recognizes her appeal to viewers including her each year to read the Top Ten List on Mother’s Day. His mom reminds me a lot of my Grandma Miller, standing in the kitchen, joining in the fun of one of her sons. Even the “Oh, Dave,” she utters reminds me of Grandma’s “Oh Donnie” usually followed by “stop that”. Both women represent their generation of Indiana women. Hard working, energetic, loyal to their family with a great sense of humor and intensely proud of their children.  

Last year’s Top Ten List did not include Dorothy reading a new list, but instead Dave read the Top Ten Things Your Mom Does Not Want to Hear on Mother’s Day. Hope Dorothy’s well and ready to participate in these shenanigans reading a new Mother’s Day List. I’ll be watching.

Last year’s Mother’s Day List, presented by Dave, hit a nerve, the Top Ten Things Mom Does Not Want to Hear on Mother’s Day, including things like:


  • So you’re still alive, huh?
  •  My psychiatrist said I should call.
  •  Good news! We’re putting you in a home.
  •  I’ve booked us for lunch at Hotdog Hookers.

So I developed my own Top Ten List of Things I Don’t Want to Hear on Mother’s Day. Please save for future reference.

10 What’s for dinner?

9 Let’s go shopping.

8 Mommy Dearest, I’ve written a book about you.

7 I made you this cool plaster of Paris cast of my hand (anytime after age 8 and that’s pushing it).

6 Call? Just follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

5 You look really good for your age.

4 I’m moving in!

3 Hey Mom, the police said I could make one phone call.

2 I got you a puppy! (or any other animal for that matter)

1 Since you’re such a good mom, I’m going to let you raise my children.

What would be on your list?