Mother Knew Best



“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world,” wrote William Ross Wallace in 1865. And still today, Mother deserves a lot more credit than we sometimes give her.

But does anyone in Washington believe that today?

Did any of the politicians in Washington hear their mothers say: “I’ll treat you like an adult when you start acting like one.” Or, “Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back.” How about, “It’s a lot harder to remember a lie than the truth.” My mother would say: “ I can always tell when you’re lying,” and boy could she. There must be a lot of mothers of today’s politicians turning over in their graves nowadays if they told their children that one.

It would be great if mothers ran the Congress and stood up and said: “If I want your opinion I’ll ask for it!” Maybe Pelosi’s mother would say: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Perhaps, Obama’s mother would say: “Money does not grow on trees” or “Am I talking to a brick wall?” She may have said: “Who said life was going to be easy.” Better yet: “Obama do not start a sentence with I.” Maybe Harry Reid’s mother would say: “Go to your room and think about what you did!” I wonder if any of their mothers said: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you right back out!”

If my dear mother were still alive she would say this about Obama: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

I remember all these coming from my mother’s mouth and many more and you know what, they stuck, but then again, I am not a politician. I always wear clean underwear when I go out because she said: “Always wear clean underwear in case you get in an accident.” And of course: “You’re the oldest. You should know better.”

I know that the Washington politicians’ mothers said some of these things or maybe they didn’t and they were the same in childhood as they are today. They did not listen then, just as they do not listen today.

While we’re honoring Mom with cards, flowers and Sunday brunch in a few days, let’s take a moment to reflect on all we owe her, especially when it comes to our attitude and how we act toward others and how truthful we are.

As much as we might hate to admit it, it turns out she was right all along about lots of those down-home tidbits that made us groan as we were growing up.

Even though some of us have lost our mothers, we know she is still watching us, and is forever in our hearts.

Thanks, Mom.

Jim Hinton


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.