Mother’s Day is around the corner and I’ve been thinking about my mother since my wife and I got a new refrigerator last week. Seventeen years ago we did an addition to our home and when mom saw the addition, which included a revamp of our kitchen, she commented, “Why didn’t you get rid of your ugly refrigerator?”
My parents never had an opinion they failed to share. My mother in her 60s+ years said “For most of my life I’ve kept my opinions to myself but now I’m sharing them!” Me and my two brothers consulted and we couldn’t remember a time when mom didn’t share her opinions. In mom’s defense, she probably did withhold some of her opinions in her relationship with our father, but we sons can’t remember her doing that with us.
Do you encounter a lot of people who like to share all their opinions with you? God help us. And God help us not to share all our opinions.
As a liberal clergyperson I share a lot of opinions. I feel it is important to do so on many critical matters that impact our society and impact people who are marginalized. There are many opinions of mine, however, that just aren’t that important to share.
May God help us to know when to open our mouths and when to keep our mouths shut.
By the way, here’s our new refrigerator which replaced our ugly refrigerator that lasted 20 years. Mom, hope you are looking down from heaven and liking our new frig (although it sticks out further than our cabinets).
It’s not easy being a mom. Give your mom a break, even if she has, and shares, too many opinions.
I’ll close by offering an opinion: keep your mom happy, but not too happy.