This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I want to honor our mothers by remembering their counsel! I want to continue today by sharing another thing “my mother always said” with my mom, Betty Keenan. If you have some advice to share from your mother, please chime in and let us know in the comment box below.
My Mother Always Said . . .
“Always keep a sense of humor (I Betty 2:3).”
Hope: Mom, I don’t know anyone who gets people laughing more than you.
Mom: I used to say that you need a good sense of humor in marriage. Your dad had all the sense and I had all the humor.
Hope: Smiling here. = ) I do remember that. Dad was always more serious and you were always the joker. Our readers need to know that Dad is in heaven now and you moved into an apartment building for independent senior living. Just last year you dressed up like Minnie Pearl and performed using your own script. You had the audience in stitches! But I remember you liked a good laugh at home, too. Why is humor in the home so important?
Mom: A sense of humor saw me through a lot of tough spots. And there were times your dad really appreciated it. I remember during Hurricane Agnes, we lived in the valley at Teen Haven Camp. The water came gushing down into our house. It was actually quite distressful. We had to get all the carpet up. I opened the front door and the back door and swept the water through to the back door. I was swinging a broom, directing water, and laughing all the way through the living room, around the corner, and out the back door.
Your dad said if I was laughing, everything was right with the world. If I started crying, he didn’t know what to do.
Hope: I didn’t even know that story! Please, tell me about another time when a sense of humor got you through a tough spot.
Mom: The campers at Teen Haven had sponsors who paid their way into camp. Whenever the campers came to camp, I took all the money they brought us and put it in one envelope. Our house was easy for these city kids to break into, so I put the envelope on the desk and wrote: The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the good and the evil. Do not steal.
Hope: I guess that kept you in a peaceful frame of mind and helped you not to worry about the money, right?
Hope: I remember one time I was in my bedroom and I heard you and Dad squealing and laughing. You bedroom door was open a crack. I looked in and you were standing on the bed pretending to do karate saying, “Hi-YAH!” Dad said, “Betty, you Silly!” Then you two threw ice cubes back and forth!
Mom: I barely remember that.
Hope: I never felt so proud of my parents. I loved that as a kid.
Mom: Laughter eases the tension. One time when we lived in the trailer at Arrowhead Awana Camp in near Binghamton, New York. If you remember, the bathroom door always blocked the back room in the trailer.
Hope: I remember that the trailer was so small that the hallway went between our bunk beds and dresser.
Mom: Exactly. So I had to get in the back room but your dad was taking a shower and blocking the door to the back room. I turned the water on in the kitchen sink so he’d run out of hot water.
He caught on. The next Sunday morning he was ready for church. He said, “Betty come here quick!” I ran back to see what was wrong and he poured a cup of cold water over my head! It was sweet revenge, but I had to get changed all over again for church.
Hope: You two did have some fun, didn’t you? Thanks for sharing, Mom. And Happy Mother’s Day!
What about you? Do you remember your mother’s sense of humor? PLEASE chime in and share your “mother experiences” or mother’s advice in the comment box below.