Mothers. We all have one. They're a very maligned group, blamed for all manner of things, and the butt of insulting remarks (think "yo mama.." jokes, and words like motherf*****). Whether we have a happy or unhappy relationship with our mother, they are a considerable influence in our lives.
My relationship with my mother has not always been easy. We have very different personalities and interests, and see things in quite different ways. This has led to major clashes over the years, although both our attitudes have softened as we've got older.
My mother was born in 1930, so was a Depression baby. Like almost all women of her generation, she learned to cook, bake, sew, knit, mend and grow a garden. These skills were all passed onto me, and I'm grateful for them.
Through the recent changes in my circumstances, as well as the difficult economic times, I have turned my back on rampant consumerism and considerably reduced my discretionary spending. The things that I learned from my mother have become more important to me as I reach for a simpler, more satisfying life.
What are the most important things that you've learned from your mother - good or bad?