I enjoy a good quote–a good song lyric–any way of putting words together that brings a laugh or a thought or a brainstorm. Earlier this week I ran across some of my favorites that I had sent to friends. I sent them again–to the same friends. Some things bear repeating. My favorite of the bunch is. . .
“If you can’t be a good example — then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.”
I find this particularly amusing for the sheer fact that I am quite sure I serve as both to the same person; namely my daughter. Her “good example” and her “horrible warning” all rolled into one convenient Mommy. When she was in kindergarten she made a “good Mommy” award for me. Now, Victoria makes me things all of the time, but this particular award still hangs on the wall next to the calendar–not because I deserved it, but because in her new phase of writing skills she accidentally wrote “God Momey.” I do not in any way shape or form equate myself to God–on the contrary. But it remains where I can see it daily because I find it to be a constant reminder that that is precisely the type of Momey I should strive to be–one that looks like God.
I don’t often fit the bill of “God Momey”–and that is another reason I love the quote from Catherine. On more than one occasion in my life I have wondered exactly WHY I have been saddled with certain people as family members, work peers, acquaintances, students. My first realization of this was with someone I have a lot of contact with. I wondered and pondered why God would have brought such a person into my life. Then I realized–this is an example of the type of person I DON’T want to be, but have the potential to become. My very own “horrible warning.” Almost every person I would classify as a “horrible warning” has mannerisms, habits, quirks painfully close to my very own. So they serve as reminders of how I DON’T want to be. I love them–because I have to–because I need to–because God wants me to. And I learn from their example. And I am thankful for God bringing them into my life.
On my better days I hope I serve as Victoria’s “good example.” On my worse days I’ll have to settle for also serving as her “horrible warning.”
The rest of the quotes–for those of you who need a laugh (and who doesn’t)–are listed below. Enjoy, and feel free to share your own favorites. . .
“I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.”
“Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”
“Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows.”
“I try to take one day at a time — but sometimes several days attack me at once.”