Celebrating the Wisdom of Our Mothers This Mother’s Day

By May 9, 2014Uncategorized

Raising children takes a village, so what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, than to share the wisdom that our own mothers have imparted to us over the years?
Below are a few gems from our mothers — some shouted through the fence at Little League games or over the hum of the school bus as it carried us off to class, and others shared over a hug or glass of wine. All the same, it’s the wisdom we’ve chosen to savor and repeat to ourselves when we need it most because it makes us better friends, better professionals and better humans.
From our BOCA family to yours — Happy Mother’s Day and a warm thank you to all the mothers in our village.
We’d love to hear from you as well! Please share your own motherly wisdom here in the comments or on BOCA’s Facebook page.
“Your dreams are my dreams, so go make them happen.”
“You can be whatever you want to be.”
“You show people how you would want to be treated.”
— Adriana Jimenez
“The first thing you should do when you walk into a room is listen.”
“Never turn your back on the ocean.”
“Go run and play, but stay where I can see you.”
— Ashley Breinlinger

“Enjoy your life to the fullest and go, go go! You only have one life so embrace and enjoy.”
— Kathleen Shanahan
“Do your best, that’s all you can do.” My mom would say this when I was in high school, stressing over physics or chemistry homework.
“Don’t chase people. When you have to chase someone and convince them to be a part of your life, the relationship never works out.” On dating/marriage.
“Live in the present and don’t spend too much time ruminating about the past. You can’t change the past, so don’t spend too much time there.” On life.
— Becky Quinlan

“Stay on the right bus, and if you fall off, get back on.” My mom was teaching me that you should always be moving forward in the right direction.  It’s okay if something happens or you “fall off,”” as long as you get back on quickly, before the bus gets too far away from you.

— Peter Day
“You can dust it off and try again.”
“Just be nice and do your best, that’s all anyone can ask from you.”
“There are more things to admire in people than to despise.”
— Alex Petralia

“As long as you try your hardest, you shouldn’t have any regrets.”

“Do what makes you happy. Don’t let anyone else tell you what you should do with your life.”
— Ann & Irene Hodge

“If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile.” (Huge smiles run in the family.)
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. You can do anything you set your mind to.” 
“Where’s your jacket?!?” (Every time I leave the house — she still asks.)
— Alivia Snyder

“Do the best you can. If you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.”
— Michelle Reingold

“Sticking your head into gopher holes may seem fun at first, but it’s really just expensive in the end.”

— Ashley to Bella

“Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, and he with a chuckle replied,/‘That maybe it couldn’t, but he wouldn’t be one to say so at least til he tried.’/So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin on his face, if he worried, he hid it./He tackled the thing that couldn’t be done, and what do you know…He did it!” These lines were from a poem by Edgar Guest that my grandfather often told to my mom and that she passed along to me with her love.
— Michael Kellner

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.”

“Always remember to smile.”
— Alicia Cormie

“Measure twice, cut once.” My mom was an architect and very detail-oriented. I’d like to think that she said this often to encourage me to take a more thoughtful, conscious approach to plotting out my life, but really she was probably just tired of how much colored paper I wasted on school projects.

— Ben Marrone

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