Creativity – My Mom’s Influence

I’ve written a couple entries about things I’ve learned from my dad over the years.  Some of those were good cliches and some came from Rocky movie quotes.  It seems fair to give some props to my mom, it’s just not as easy to do. Not because she hasn’t been an influence, but because the influence has been more pervasive and imaginative.  If anything, I got my Calvin’s Dad approach to parenting from her.  Not really in the sense that she played with our minds like putty.  More in the sense that she encouraged us to be creative and do so in an off-the-beaten-path kind of way.

My dad traveled a good bit for work when my brother and I were growing up so she got the primary job of schlepping my brother and me and making sure that school work got done. Since my brother and I have the same age gap as my boys, I know what a challenge that was.  Well, I was also there at the time. Still, she kept it all going.  Plus, I even became a good cook despite having the influence of a father who seemed allergic to anything green.  It could be tough at time to influence us for the better.


It was even a little tougher for the school part because my mom is the creative writer type.  I ended up with two engineering degrees.  That means her ability to help me at math topped out pretty early on. What she could do was influence us to be creative and to always try our hardest. She had been a journalist and English teacher and has always had a love for writing. I think that translated into my enjoyment of reading although I certainly procrastinated in writing projects. It also brought with it some creativity.


Outside of school, my mom has always liked kidding around with us and keeping things light. A lot of how we’ve related has been through inside jokes and shared experiences. That’s still true today. She’ll certainly offer advice when it comes to her grandchildren, but she also cuts out plenty of cartoons about raising teenagers. I’m retry sure this is because of the old mom “curse”: I hope you grow up and have kids just like you. At least that means I get to blame her for it!



2 thoughts on “Creativity – My Mom’s Influence

  1. Just reread this, and thanks for acknowledging, for me, that I had some positive influence on you and Hal. Certainly you’ve added to my sense of humor. It’s become more refined, understated and, yes, snarky at times. My having a sense of humor at all surprises me. I don’t think I had one when I was younger. Maybe there just wasn’t anything funny. Nate and Andy played a great part in “liberating” my silliness to make them laugh. It was like getting a specialized diploma when Andy told me that I was so silly. I have developed barking and meowing to express emotions, found myself talking to trees about their bark and leaves, thanking flowers for blooming, telling the moon hello and holding my breath at sunsets. I can even smile and laugh.

    Thank you for having confidence in my ability to carry on with everyday life and still operate on my own. Stunning to realize that I’ll be 79 next month. That’s supposed to be old. It requires adjustments. I have given up wearing high heels, but haven’t given them away, yet. Their replacement is the new sneaker design: fashionable and comfortable with infinite variety. We used to joke about little old ladies in sneakers, and here I am. The Sunday Morning Show had a segment on comedians at 90+ like Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Mel Brooks, and they’re still going strong. Mike Douglas is near 100. I hope you can put up with me that long! xo Mom


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