"We are who we are today as a result of the contributions of the great people in our lives"- MC
My mother's birthday falls around Mother’s Day every year. I am excited to wish my mother a Happy 66th Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day 2018. This year I want to do something different and celebrate how she has impacted my life as a Woman.
My mother raised two great biological daughters as a single mum. She is also a mother figure to many other children. She contributes to the growth of many men and women.
Most of my adult life I worked hard to learn from some of the mistakes my mom made. Recently, I changed my perspective and started thinking about the significant role my mum played in shaping the woman I am today. I want to take some time to share some of the lessons I learned from my mother.
Lesson 1: Be Disciplined
My mum is so disciplined that people around us often thought she served in the army. Throughout my developing years, she instilled the importance of discipline in everything we do. In my personal and professional life discipline has helped me address chaos.
Lesson 2: Treat everyone equally and with respect
My mum would always greet everyone and ask them how they are doing. She treats everyone equally no matter if the person was her boss, a janitor, a salesperson or a kid. She taught us to be respectful to everyone we came across. Because of my mum paying it forward, people always looked out for us.
Learn 3: Work hard
I watched my mum work multiple jobs simultaneously to provide for my sister and I. Till today my mum enjoys working and staying very busy. When life gets busy, I unleash the hard worker my mum trained.
Lesson 4: Care for others
My mum cares for people with everything she has emotionally, physically and financially. An incident I would never forget was on a Sunday morning when I was very young, a lady was run over by a bus, while people were watching the accidents, my mum ran over and carried this lady in her arms to a car that was transporting her to the hospital. My mother showed of empathy for people in different situations.
Lesson 5: Be organized
The organization skills my mum passed down to us has helped us thrive in life. This skills came in very handy when I moved to Germany at age fifteen and in my craft as a Project Manager. My mum encouraged us to be organized and on top of our tasks, finances, and responsibilities.
Lesson 6: Keep it Simple
On a recent trip to Nigeria, I was reminded of my mum's simplicity by seeing how she lived, how she worked and how she related to people around her. If you know me, you know that I run away from complexity and strive for simplicity in my life. We do not need much to be happy.
Lesson 7: Be ready to serve
My mum is always prepared to help. She lives by example - If there's a need, she is ready to step in. She taught me that no task is beneath me. My memories of my mum volunteering and taking us along with her date back to when I was three years old.
Lesson 8: Be punctual
A valuable lesson I learned from my mum was being punctual to everything. A punctual Nigerian – I know what you are thinking. Till today my mum arrives at least an hour early to everything she attends. I modified my time of arrival slightly.
Lesson 9: Keep learning
Working multiple jobs and raising two daughters did not stop my mum from taking weekend and evening classes to get her Masters. My mum taught me the value of continuous learning and developing new skills.
Lesson 10: Never run out of salt
I decided to wrap up my list on a lighter note. Growing up, I watched my mum ensure we had the essentials stocked up. Looking at my stock pile, I know where I got it from. I never run out of basics in my home.
To my mom:
Thank you for raising Melissa-Sue and I to be strong successful women. You have taught us valuable lessons that help us grow and be our best.
Let's appreciate one of the greatest women I know. Please wish my mum a happy birthday and share how she has contributed to your life in the comments section.
11/5/2018 08:22:55 pm
Lol @ everyone thought she was in the army .For me it was she and aunty Hajiya, one would think you were on some kind of booth camp!! So disciplined that even when she was our school librarian she never played favorites because we were related! My very own aunty G, God bless you for raising two amazing young women and in your own way raising the rest of us. Happy birthday and happy mother's day in advance, love you 😘💖
11/5/2018 10:27:48 pm
Happy Birthday my big mummy, that's what I call her...discipline is their family affair.. she instilled discipline in us all, growing up back then in u/rimi she'll always say you shouldn't use vulgar words, I was so tiny but a learnt then that it didn't speak we'll of a person..never run out of salt" I can't remember a day we went to see aunty G and there wasn't food or the house was disorganised.. I'm amazed how one human can do so much... I always keep what she told me back in 2014 "Mma try never to be a burden to anyone" those words have made me work so hard.. I carry it with me where ever I go... Love you plenty Big mummy.. thank you for giving me my twin sister (MC ) and her twin MS..
11/5/2018 11:22:17 pm
It's so true. I know this wonderful woman. I've learned a lot from her experiences. At a time in my life I was thinking about my future, things I could do. God is so good, she was here in Germany and offered me her time, shared experiences, gave me advices and showed me to never accept confusion, anxiety... but always keeping your eyes focus on God who is the provider and who do everything for our good. Thank you mama Gigi, I love you. I thank God, I had the honor to spend so much time with an awesome person like you, the mother of my lovely friends and sisters. Happy birthday
12/5/2018 12:19:32 am
Happy birthday aunty G. I love your mum a lot. I like how she's able to anticipate your needs and provide for them long before you even need it.
12/5/2018 03:24:29 am
Aunty Geeeeeee , according to demi " mrs dadadadanthony " ❤️ My persona purzin . MC hamma has said as it is . You are an awesome personality! Happy birthday my oldest friend (seeing i am only 21 🙃) , may you live long , fulfill purpose and finish strong 🙏 Love you much !
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