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Thanks, Mom: What We Learned from Our Mothers

It might take 20 (or 30 or 40) years, but eventually, most people recognize that between telling you to pick up/put away/tuck in/eat/clean/don’t stay out too late, your mom probably imparted you with some pretty good wisdom. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked people to share what they’ve learned from their mothers.

Here's what they had to say:

Chris AlmonteMy mother is nothing short of a superhero. Despite raising five boys with activities all over the state (and always at conflicting times), she somehow found a way to get us where we needed to be and still make a family dinner – the most important part of each day. As I’ve grown older, my mother has continued to inspire me to stay focused on the important things in life and not get distracted by negativity, and it’s from her that I learned my biting sarcasm and humor. She taught me to love who I am and never let anyone change me, which has helped me stay sane as the world around me seems to become more chaotic. With each passing year, I become more like my mother, but I don’t mind - there’s no one I respect more. On this, and every other day, I consider myself lucky to have a mom like mine.  

Chris Almonte, Manager—Internal Communications

My mom always said ‘Never say what you’ll never do…because you’ll likely end up doing it.’ With the exception of never working at a grocery store, she’s been right. Of course, I’m not dead yet. Being a grocery store clerk could well be in my future.

Brock Faucette, Corporate Communications Manager

Jon Lynch

Advice my mom raised me on: be kind and treat others equally. Give without expecting gratitude and stand up for what you
believe in.

Jon Lynch, Manager—Public Relations




Lindsay PattersonNo one works harder than my mom, but no one is as compassionate, either. Growing up, my mom would often hold down multiple jobs so that she could give my brother and me every opportunity possible. She’s always been the first person to volunteer her time or resources to help those less fortunate than herself. She taught me the value of hard work, but also taught me the importance of using the fruits of my labor to help those in need.

Lindsay Patterson, Senior Manager—Communications and Public Relations

My parents were small business owners. They showed us early what it meant to work hard and how running a small business is sometimes a family affair. I have fond memories of ‘working’ in their florist shop. I was very good at sweeping and making small talk J. I remember being fascinated by the speed at which my mom could punch the numbers on the calculator, and sometimes she would let me write a giant check mark on the orders that had been filled. It made me feel important and like I was part of the team. Thanks, Mom!

Stacie Saunders, Associate Director—Communications & Member Engagement

ColetteOn my wedding day, my mom told me and my soon-to-be husband that, “marriage is not 50/50; it’s 100/100.”  She is a living
testimony to that advice. She was married to my father for 34-years, 11 of which he had terminal cancer. She demonstrated what it meant to be a good friend, partner and spouse, and she taught me that when things get tough in life, you dig in your heels and look for the diamonds in the rough.


Colette Sharbaugh, Senior Manager—Corporate Communications & International PR


Lauren Sternberg 2I come from a long line of fiercely independent, determined women. My 98-year-old grandmother is the toughest person I know. Her life was full of adversity—her mother died when she was a small child, her grandmother who came from Greece to raise her and her younger sisters was hit and killed by a taxi in New York, and she spent part of her childhood in an orphanage. But she never complained. And she instilled in my mother and my aunts the same resolve and stick-to-itiveness. My mother, in turn, taught my sister and me to stand up for what we believe in and to be kind, but not to let people walk all over us.

Lauren Sternberg, Communications Manager

Lauren WalterMy mother has nearly 40 years of life, experience and wisdom on me. So when she doles out advice, I’m all ears. One thing that really stands out, however, that she has instilled in me from a young age, is to not take yourself too seriously, and just roll with the punches when things seem tough. I guess after raising 4 children, that’s certainly something she practiced on a daily basis. As a mother myself now of a growing family, I can most definitely appreciate and relate to those words. Happy Mother’s Day!

Lauren Walter, Manager—Examination Communications

Lauren Sternberg, Communications Manager, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants


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