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Mum’s the word


Mum’s the word

Sami Muirhead shares the wisdom of many special mums in the lead-up to Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day will be extra special for many of us this year as corona has us savouring our special moments. With less white noise, our most valuable commodity (time) with loved ones seems to mean a whole lot more.

Today, I am sharing advice from all my friends’ mums. I may not be able to see my mum, who is 79 and self-isolating. This breaks my heart because she is the matriarch of our family and a powerhouse of a woman.

My mum raised three kids pretty much by herself. She taught us that blood is always thicker than water and to keep a secret stash of money (if my husband is reading this I don’t have one), which I have to this day. Happy mum’s day Mumsy – we will FaceTime you for lunch. Enjoy reading these gems from clever, funny and sage mums of all types.

Jessica’s mum cracked me up with her advice to her farm daughter that is: “Don’t ever learn how to milk the cow.” Jess laments it is too late for this and is often stuck fixing the drain pipes in her house or mowing the lawn because she has proven time after time how capable she really is! Rayma’s mum says: “Follow your heart.”

Sonia’s mum says: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” Tamara’s mum adds: “If you are going to do something, do it properly.” Trish’s mum says: “An hour’s sleep before midnight is worth more than two after midnight.” Kylie’s mum chips in with: “True friends are like diamonds, precious and rare. False friends are like autumn leaves, found everywhere.”

Stacey’s mum quips: “Never argue with a drunk.” Bec’s mother adds: “If you have to ask the price, you cannot afford it.” Lisa’s mum says: “If a man has sex with his socks on, you will have a boy baby.” Sally’s mum tells her: “Always keep your girlfriends as men come and go, and do not go to bed with wet hair or you will catch a cold.”

Simone’s mum adds: “Always wear clean underwear and put on a bit of a makeup because you never know who you are going to run into.” Deb’s mum says: “Don’t waste your time worrying about things you can’t fix.” Rachel’s mum says: “You can have it all, just not all at once!”

Graham’s mum says: “Tuckshop will still be there tomorrow.” Katrina’s special person says: “When in doubt, don’t.” Joy, a grandma, says: “Treat others as you like to be treated.” Tiffany’s mum adds: “It’s either yes, or it’s a no.” Caroline’s mum says: ‘Don’t wet your stomach when you’re doing the dishes – you’ll marry an alcoholic.” Tania’s mother adds: “Never go back to a relationship you left as it’s never the same.”

Shannon’s mum tells her daughters: “Having toilet paper in the cupboard is like having money in the bank.” Dee’s mum says: “There is nothing more powerful in the world than a smile.” And Lisa’s mum says: “Broken crayons still colour.”


Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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