I named my blog “My Mama Always Said” because someone once pointed out to me that I started a lot of my stories with the phrase, “Well, my mama always said…” And she really did have a lot to say, as I wrote about in one of my very first blogs. I didn’t realize until I was Googling one day that most people associate that phrase with “Forrest Gump”, followed by “that life is like a box of chocolates.” My mama never said that. She said life isn’t always fair. She said that you should eat chocolate if you get the chance. But she never put life and chocolate in the same sentence.
So, I’ve spent my life hearing, listening (because there is a difference between “hearing” and “listening”) and repeating my mama’s words of wisdom, I was nonetheless shocked to realize just how hip she is. This morning as I was driving to work, Lady Gaga came on the radio singing “Born This Way”. Compare my mama to Lady Gaga.
me as a teenager: I feel ugly / fat. My hair is ugly. I’m stupid.
My mama: You are none of those. You are beautiful. God made you the way you are. And He doesn’t make any mistakes.
Lady Gaga: I’m beautiful in my way, ‘Cause God makes no mistakes
Who knew that my mama and Lady Gaga had so much in common? I’m thinking of buying her a meat dress for Christmas. My mama, that is. Lady Gaga has been there, done that.