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10 Things My Mommy Told Me


Kay & I with our 17 year old Mommy,  Saint Shirley.

Kay & I with our 17 year old Mommy, Saint Shirley.


  1. Wear clean underwear.


“Kim Rae,  if you’re ever in a fire or accident,  God forbid,  you’re going to wish you had clean, new underwear on.”


She would have flipped out if she knew I didn’t wear any.   (stop judging, judgers)!




  1. Your toes will tingle when you find him.


You will know when you meet the right man.  First,  your toes will tingle,  then the tingling will travel all the way to the top of you head.”


It was more like an electrical shock,  Mommy!



  1. Don’t forget to say your prayers.


“Kimmy,  did you say your prayers?  Jesus hears you.  Jesus loves you.”


She still says these words today.  And I’m,  um,  a bit older.


By the way,   sometimes I think Jesus is quite fed up with my whining and bitching.



  1. Kill them with kindness.


“If somebody is cranky and mean,  just smile a beautiful smile.”


This is soooooooooo difficult,  because I want to yell,  “STOP being icky and ugly and ignorant,  pleeeease!!”



  1. Have lots of dessert!


“Stop worrying about your weight and have some of my famous chocolate cake.”


My mommy makes chocolate cake from scratch with buttermilk, sweet butter, chocolate chips and coffee.



  1. Always remember to call your mother.



“Kimmy,  don’t forget to call me before you go to bed.”


I do.


Every.   Single.   Night.


She asks a million questions:  What did you make for dinner?   How was school?   What did the kids do today?  Did they say anything funny?  How’s the cat?  Is Dave home from soccer?   Did you write anything about Kay today?



  1. Talk to your plants.


“If you talk to your plants,  they will purr and grow.”


I assume she talks to her plants exactly how she talked to us when we were babies….with an overabundance of love & tenderness.




  1. Buy high-quality sheets and pillow cases.


“Don’t buy the cheap stuff.  You will be sorry.”


I get her hand-me-downs.


When we were young,  she ironed all of our sheets,  pillow cases and diapers!  (She aint called Saint Shirley for nothin’)




  1. “Never go to bed angry. Tell people you love them.”


“What if somebody dies that night?


I’ve NEVER hung up the phone without saying,  “I Love You.”


This is the last thing I said to Kay.  And I tell everybody I love them often.   Even the mailman.


(just kidding)




  1. The early bird gets the worm.


“I have my treadmill, washing, dishwashing going, and  ironing done by 5:00 AM.”


Never.   In. A.  Million. Years.



—–Darlings,  did you call your mommy today?  Do you tell people you love them enough?


Happy Mommy’s Day!!  xxX

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  • Reply
    Kim Gagnon
    May 10, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom!!!! Love you guys!! Happy Mother’s Day and love to my mom , Kay and grandmothers in heaven. Xoxoxo

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    Balroop Singh
    May 10, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Wonderful! Your Mom is a darling! I love you Kim. Happy Mother’s Day!
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    May 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Love you

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    Elephant's Child
    May 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Love Saint Shirley’s wisdom. And you.
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    May 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Kim, I LOVE St. Shirley! She must’ve read the Mommy Book, for she gave you much of the same words of wisdom that my mommy gave me! How blessed we are, dear, to have mothers who love us so much!

    She ironed sheets?? Wow! And she got all that much done before 5 a.m.?? Really, is there such a thing as 5 a.m.?? I wouldn’t know, now that I work for myself, heehee!

    Yes, ma’am, I’m a FIRM believer in saying I LOVE YOU — and yes, I’ve already told my mom how much I appreciate her today. Moms can’t hear those loving words often enough!

    Love you more than a Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen!!
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    Kristi Campbell
    May 10, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day sweet you and your sweet saint mommy!! My mom used to iron the sheets too and um not happening here. But I’m all with telling people I love them every day!!! xoxo
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      My Inner Chick
      May 13, 2015 at 4:53 am

      I asked my mom, WHY WOULD YOU IRON SHEETS?
      She said, Because I don’t want them wrinkled!

      WHo. Sees. Them???

      Anyhow. I love U.
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    Lisa Gordon
    May 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I heard each and every one of the these, growing up, and I’ve never forgotten them.
    Such a perfect post for Mother’s Day, Kim.
    I hope it was a wonderful day for you. xo.

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    May 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Your mum is a fount of wisdom (and chocolate cake)! I FaceTimed with my parents and saw my dad walking for the first time after his stroke!
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    May 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Hope you had a great Mother’s Day. My niece surprised my sister by coming up from Louisiana to surprise her. And then my sister cooked for everyone, but not me since I’m too far away!
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    May 12, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I love this list!!! I call my mom everyday. I always end the call with an “I love you”
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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 12, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Your mum is a clever lady! Although I never ironed sheets myself I wish someone ironed them for me! 😛 But I agree, best quality for these. BTW KIm I love watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Have you seen it? xxx
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    Deborah Batterman
    May 12, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I’m especially impressed with the high-quality sheets advice 😉
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    May 12, 2015 at 7:47 am

    She sounds wonderful! And wise.
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    May 12, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Dear Kim, I certainly hope that you had a wonderful Mother´s Day! I love the list of your Mum`s lines of wisdom! And I love your sense of humor! How wonderful that you call her every single day – what a wonderful relationship the two of you must have! And the picture of the three of you is absolutely amazing!
    Hugs from afar,

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    Marcia @ Menopausal Mother
    May 12, 2015 at 11:40 am

    #1, 3, 4, and 9 all the time! And I’m still sticking ti her advice. Mother knows best, after all…
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    Carrie Rubin
    May 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I’ve yet to iron my sheets. They’re a horrible, wrinkly mess, but I’m happy if I can just get them folded!

    And I’d love a piece of that cake please. 🙂
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    lisa thomson-the great escape
    May 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    St. Shirley!! She sounds like a beautiful woman like her daughters 🙂 Hope you had a Happy mother’s Day, Kim! I love the 10 things your mom taught you!! xoxo
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    Valentine Logar
    May 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    The cake recipe please. St. Shirley, she truly blessed you with great wisdom. Would that all mothers had a tenth of her wisdom, I think we would have a very different world.

    I hope your Mothers Day was beautiful.

    {{{{{ <3 }}}}}
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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    May 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Hahaha….. I LOVE this post. My Momma says all these things to me too, except the sheet ironing. I learned to love ironing, just like my Momma.

    The clean underwear thing I always thought was ridiculous, if you have an accident, there is a very good chance you’ll be messing your panties too. Good for you going commando tho. 🙂

    I saw my Mom this morning and Ill see her again tonight. If I didnt live with her, Id be calling her every day too. And yes, I make a conscious effort to tell those in my life I love them.

    Thanks for this fun post. Hugs from Australia to you.
    Mwah! xoxox
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    Chris Carter
    May 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I love your mama… I want her to be my mama!!! This is just precious, Kim!! I absolutely LOVE that you call her every night. And my heart melted when you said that “I love you” was the last thing you said to Kay.

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    Hotly Spiced
    May 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    That’s a lovely Mother’s Day post. Your mum was so young when you girls were first born yet she had the wisdom of a woman twice her age. And as for all that ironing! I agree with her title of Saint Shirley xx
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    Vidya Sury
    May 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Oh yeah. I tell my Mom every single day. I know she’s listening to my thoughts all the time 😉
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    May 13, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Very wise woman, Saint Shirley. So interesting that she was such a good mom SO YOUNG!!! People in Sicily iron socks, underwear–everything! Part of the reason is that all clothes are sun-dried, but still! xxxx
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    May 13, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Your mommy and my mommy could be the best of friends as they tell us girls the same things. How awesome is that! Well, not about the sheets, but close enough. 🙂
    Your mom was clearly wise beyond her years to have given you girls such profound advice. Well done Saint Shirley. You are a magnificent woman! The world should be able to feel all of your love and wisdom, it would be a happy world then.
    Have a beautiful day my dear Kim.
    Love and hugs to you from a sunny SA.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo
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    May 13, 2015 at 6:59 am

    You’re a laugh, Kim. I totally fell for the idea you tell your mailman you love him. I could believe it of you. Your relationship with your mum is amazing to me. Calling every single night. Wow! And the beautiful questions she asks. Kiss from MLB xxx

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    May 13, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Mom also irons all my tee shirts. What a Mom; What a wife;
    Love You

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    Gary Sidley
    May 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Your mum is an interesting lady. My mother, now 85, has always had a thing about rounded shoulders and always urged me to ‘walk tall, as if you are balancing four encyclopaedias on your head’ And I still do!
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    May 13, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    What a wonderful lady! I’m an early riser like her. And kill them with kindness works like a charm if you’re giving advice to someone else and not in the thick of it yourself! <3 I love you!!!
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    May 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I talk to mom every day. On top of me being her only relative here in the US, I keep her company as much as I can also.

    Kill them with kindness…: Hasn’t had that much effect on me. I’m usually a tad bit mean when in NYC and any kindness just feels weird.
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    May 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    You can relax now, my lovely friend. Wonderful stuff! I call my mother every weekend. She also gets two Mother’s Day wishes from me. The British one, which Mr. Liverpool will know all about and of course, the one celebrated in North America,.

    Maybe wear no underwear. The fresh breeze feeling as you get rescued.


    Penny’s alleged human,

    Gary x
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    May 15, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I always say I love you every time I say good bye to any of my family. My son and I never even text without saying I love you at the end. I raised him that way, “You never know, they might be the last words you say to a person.” It doesn’t matter if he is buddies, or what age he was he always said “I love you mom.” Even on the odd occasion that we have had an argument, He might hang up without saying it but he will text message me “I love you momma”.
    and I don’t wear panties either, I hate panty lines. Embarrassing moment. I was trying on dresses and went outside the change room to check how it looked in the big mirror. There was a guy standing there waiting for his g/f I checked out the front, it looked good, turned to check out how the back looked, the seam on the dress had come undone and there was my lily white ass sticking out for the whole world to see. Still don’t wear panties but always check the back before leaving the changing room now.
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    May 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

    My mother pointed to a small patch of the plant “Deadly nightshade” and said, “If you eat that you will die.!”

    I used to stare at it for hours but I never so much as thought to touch it after her words.

    Tell Dave I’m off to Anfield on Saturday to watch Gerrard’s last game at Liverpool !
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    totally caroline
    May 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Your mom was a wise woman! No wonder she made such a smart chicky!

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    May 18, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I see your mom is a wise woman. Mummies always have good advices to share. It’s up to us to follow them or not.
    “Wear clean underwear”, I trully thought my mamma was the only one to think about this!!!
    Awesome post as always Kim.
    May you and your mum be blessed!
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    May 20, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Very wise words! I heard some of the same things from my mom. Wish she had told me about hot flashes and night sweats, LOL!!! Hope your Mother’s Day was awesome!

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    May 25, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom. She’s given you some great advice. I want to try her chocolate cake. Sounds exquisite. Yum!

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