Lessons from a mother

MARISSA MARARAC | Evergreen columnist

They changed our diapers when we were young, made our lunches every morning to take to school, cried when we were dropped off at college, and have been our inspiration since day one.                                                             

“They” are our mothers and the best role models we have in life.

If it weren’t for our moms teaching us right from wrong and what to do and not to do, we might handle obstacles differently in life.

At least, that’s how it is with my mom.

Moms have the best interests for their children. A mother’s impulse to love and protect her child is actually biologically programmed in the brain, according to The New York Times.

In addition mothers always seem to have an opinion about every aspect or situation of their child’s life. They also always share those opinions- whether we want to hear them or not.

Our moms are our mentors. As their children we learn from their advice to come up with our own rational decisions.

Forrest Gump portrays this best every time he says, “Momma always said..,” followed by an acceptable life lesson such as, “life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Like Gump, the words of wisdom our mommas give us stick in our minds, which makes sense because they are one of the main people who have been and always will be in our lives, giving us guidance when need be.

One of my mom’s best words of advice she always gives me is, “do as I say, not as I do,” which I can admit I’ve followed a few times.

Moms are also the best role models we have in life because they can take on many different roles. Even though their official title is mother, they are also our teachers, therapists, and sometimes they can even be our best friends, much like in the TV series “Gilmore Girls.”

Some activities that are best done with our moms include going back-to-school shopping, talking about our feelings and emotions toward certain aspects in life, or just spending quality time together.

Last but certainly not least, as much as we may not want to admit it, moms are the best role models life has to offer because we confide in them. We expect them to be there for us whenever we need, and the most amazing part is that they always come through for us. They are dependable.

As their children we’ve always looked up to them. Never forget all the countless things our moms have done and still do for us.

Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Literally.

– Marissa Mararac is a junior communication major from Tacoma. She can be contacted at 335-2290 or by opinion@dailyevergreen.com. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the staff of The Daily Evergreen or those of Student Publications.