As you know, every now and then, Lauren lets me into her head. She had this little jewel in her email a few days ago.
People always say you can tell a lot about a person by the way they describe a glass of water filled halfway. Is it half full or half empty? It supposedly reveals the way a person perceives the world. My glass is hopelessly half full.You see, every Southerner has a soft spot for the proverbial wisdom of Mama. Whether it be Forrest Gump’s “Life is like a box of chocolates…” or some nonsensical superstition, we can’t help ourselves but to ‘listen up good” when a sentence is prefaced with, “Mama always said…” We all have our own “Mama always said” lists. Mine includes some bad things happen in threes, pretty is as pretty does, and my personal favorite, a good pair of sunglasses and lipstick can go a long way. These M.A.S.s were from my Mama’s mama. Maybe it is this deeply-rooted regard for mama’s wisdom that accounts for my urge to always want to preface the following with “Mama always said”—”Mama always said charm and efficiency were mortal enemies.” I always liked that M.A.S. It kindly pardoned my persistent tardiness with my supposed Southern charm. Unfortunately, the troubling fact is my mother never said that and I wouldn’t describe myself as possessing the much-coveted Southern charm. Most certainly though, what I may lack in charm, I make up for with incredible inefficiency, and consequently, my glass is hopelessly half-full. Of what, I’m still not quite sure, but to be half-charming and hopeless in the romantic sense isn’t so bad. What’s your glass like?
Annette’s note: I wished I had half of my mother’s wisdom to share with my children. So I guess that cup is half empty, but my inbox is always full–does that count? And truthfully, my cup runneth over. So, tell us how you view life or a piece of wisdom that has meant something to you.