In my home, the quilt holds an honored place. We call it “The Mothers Quilt.” Any time someone is ill, or needs some warmth and comfort, out comes the quilt, and a cup of tea. The person is wrapped like a big corduroy burrito, and being a quilt of near magical powers and full of mother love, never fails to raise the spirits of whomever is wrapped within it.
For me, the quilt remains one of the strongest reminders of Mark’s legacy.
Here is a list of words I recall Mark saying, or sentiments I can attribute to him.
1. Always be kind.
2. Consider that the other guy may have had a worse day than you.
3. Wave pedestrians and other cars through a four-way stop.
4. Hug your mother while you still can.
5. Learn three corny jokes. Use them to disarm people and demonstrate that you are not their better.
6. If a friend needs some money, know it was hard for them to ask and give them small chores in exchange so they save face.
7. Remember that most folks really want to do their best.
8. Forgive and forget as often as possible.
9. It’s okay to keep your opinions to yourself.
10.When all is said and done, true love remains forever.
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Thank you for sharing this Christine. It’s one of my favorite blog entries I’ve read.
You are so sweet. Thank you. I believe you’ve spent some time under the same quilt, no? Much love,
From MF via gmail:
I have stuffed that burrito. For that,
I thank you, Mark, and mom, the archetype mom.
Commandments according to Anderson. I like them.
Happy New Year.
It will all be well, from a certain point of view.
This is beautiful, but #3 would never work in Chicago, where cars rarely even bother to fully brake at stop signs, let alone pedestrians.
Happy New Year!!!
From DH, via gmail:
Tina, thanks for sharing the Mark(‘s?)-isms. You nailed it!