A Mother’s Wisdom

Craig Glass

19 Posts Published


May 20, 2015


My Mom—Yvonne Kuhlman Glass

The impact of mothers is amazing. They carry us for months, painfully deliver us into the world, love us at all costs, bear countless burdens for us, believe in us and send us on our own journey. What a gift moms are.

In 1938, when he was 14, President George H. W. Bush’s mother gave him words of wisdom to live by. He wrote them in the cover of his Bible:

I would be true, for there are those who trust me.
I would be pure, for there are those who care.
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer.
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be a friend to all, to the foe, and to the friendless.
I would be giving, and forget the gift.
I would be humble, for I know my weaknesses.
I would look up, and laugh, and love and lift.

Timeless words of wisdom from a mother.

My mom gave my siblings and me countless words of wisdom throughout her lifetime, but the phrase that comes to mind most IMG_1847 (1)quickly is a fairly humorous one I heard for years: “Beat Gonzales!” That was Mom’s well-meaning, yet mispronounced, encouragement to beat the completely-out-of-reach, world class and future record-setting Olympian swimmer, John Kinsella, in a high school swim meet. Those were the last words my mom would say to me before just about every swim meet thereafter, regardless who I was competing against. Over time they took on a much larger meaning: “I’m with you! I believe in you!”

Decades later, during a swimming competition at Stanford University in 2009, my impish wife, son and a couple of friendly cheerleaders, revived those significant words for me.  (Unbelievably, one of the official timers for that race actually knew who Kinsella was; she dated him in college!)

I’ll never forget Mom’s encouragement. What advice did your mom give you that you’ll never forget?

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