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SALT LAKE CITY — Once a year we go all out for the moms in our lives with flowers, cards, jewelry, brunch and a special shoutout on social media.
Consumers are expected to spend a total $2.6 billion on flowers and $4.6 billion on a special outing for Mother’s Day this year, according to the National Retail Federation.
But for many, moms play a vital and priceless role all year long. Their much-needed guidance, infinite wisdom and unconditional love has no expiration date.
To celebrate moms, we asked readers to share with us in 100 words or less what is the greatest thing their mother ever taught them. The responses included everything from valuable lessons to lifelong skills to quirky pieces of advice that proved true through and through.
Thank you to all of you who submitted your lovely lessons from mom. Here is a sampling of your responses. Some have been edited for brevity and clarity and the views belong to the authors.
That the most important things in life are not things.
My mom always said 'Never do anything for anyone expecting them to remember. Do it for the good it brings into the world and your life for having done so.'
–Cara Hollingshead Jones
The greatest thing my mom taught me is that I am responsible for my own happiness, and once I really grasped that the second part of my life began.
My mom has taught me that in the face of adversity, you can either laugh or cry. I choose to laugh because her optimism has always inspired me.
'Follow your heart.' My mom never told me what colleges I should be going to or what career to pursue. She always allowed me to live my own life and make my own decisions depending on what felt right.
Mom taught me to consider meaningful criticism, but don't take crap from anyone. Only she didn't say 'crap.'