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Posted on Sun, May 12, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Readers share lessons learned from Mom

By Kyle Mattson

We extend a thanks to all the mothers out there who have made a difference in the lives of those around them. To recognize this Mother's Day, we asked readers to share a lesson they learned from mom.

In addition to the photos and lessons featured above are some other submissions we've received over the past few days. Have a lesson or memory of your mother you'd like to share? Post it in the comments below or submit it using this form.

When I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, I realized the unpredictability of life and initially gave in to constant despair. It was then that my mom taught her greatest lesson- that happiness is not based on an absence of problems. Rather, it is all about our approach in dealing with harsh difficulties. Her hand in mine, she remained steadfast and strong, as I learned to do, with her wisdom as guidance.
-Tracy Carbary

Besides being a loving, interested and available mother with a quick smile, she could pack a suitcase tighter than a can of sardines! We lived overseas during Dad's sabbatical leaves and I observed how she fit items for a family of six into two suitcases. My family comments on my ability to fit anything extra into a suitcase, car, whatever, and I always thank Mom for that perspective.
-Margy Howes

The greatest lesson and the greatest gift that Mom taught and shared with her children was the Gospel of Jesus Christ
-Linda Morrison-Harmon

My mother read to me almost every night as a child. this love of reading which she gave me, I have been able to pass on to my daughters, and also my granddaughter. I love you, mom! Rest well!
-Madeleine Baier

To get an education!
-Chuck Blackmer

Participate in life with your children. She engaged me in local government and lobbying for causes. She marched in a Vietnam anti-war protest with me. We drank flaming Drambuie at a fraternity suite party. And so much more.
-Karen Hart

How to sweet talk a police officer out of giving her a ticket (It didn't work when i tried it)
-Matt Phillips

Trust - You Give - Only to people who are trustworthy.
-Herm Steinman

To love your family.
-Marcus Melendez

Getting old is not for the faint of heart!
-Heidi Dodson

Related: See more "Lessons from Mom" submitted from around the state to



Mon, May 13, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

"When you wash out a salt shaker, make sure it's REALLY dry before you refill it."


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 10:13 p.m.

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet" .. or was that " Don't believe anything you read on the internet"


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

Good penmanship and music. My mom was a well known calligrapher until her passing 10 years ago and also was a singer in the forties in the Detroit area. So I try to write well and am a music lover and one time musician.


Sun, May 12, 2013 : 5:46 p.m.

"Just do the best you can".

Kyle Mattson

Sun, May 12, 2013 : 5:12 p.m.

Check out some other submission from MLive readers around the state here:

Ron Burgandy

Sun, May 12, 2013 : 4:38 p.m.

"Beer before liquor......"


Mon, May 13, 2013 : 5:48 p.m.

never been sicker!