D Moms' Editor Joslyn Taylor Fancies Lucia van der Post Too

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Some Wisdom From Those That Walked Before Us (Or Why I’m Smitten With Lucia van der Post)

I was perusing Dallas mom Paige Darrah’s fantastically honest and funny blog Poppy Adventures this morning when I came across this post about Lucia van der Post’s (the lovely lady pictured right) bookThings I Wish My Mother Had Told Me.
Now let me pause to say that I am 100% with Paige when she says, “Whenever I come across a confident, intelligent, well-put-together older women I usually consider asking her to come home with me and teach me things.”
I am a big believer in the wisdom of those that walked before me, those who (pardon my vulgarity) have their S%$T together because they no longer care so much about what other people think of them, those who have some real wisdom to share about husbands/children/home/career/lipstick (you know, the important stuff), because they’ve slogged through the mire and lived to talk about it.

Here’s a more of what Paige has to say about van der Post’s book:
“I am trying to prepare myself to be an inspiring mother. But how does one do that?
Well, I thought that I’d start by being the kind of mother who knows some of the secrets. It seems that Lucia van der Post, the woman who wrote Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me, knows a lot of the secrets.
This woman has an enviable amount of conviction about how to behave – from the trivial, to the logistical, to the genuinely important. Her book offers guidance from all three of these categories. Much (but not all) of what she wrote resonated with me, so I’ll start with that which addresses the importance of family mealtime:
‘Families that sit around tables enjoying evening suppers that have been properly cooked and served tend to be closer and warmer than those who sit perched in front of the television set with fast food or takeout, not talking, not communicating. Families gathered around a table build up memories of intimacy and warmth that last throughout one’s life.’
In the evening, perhaps as I’m arranging the to-go food or the dining-in meal onto proper plates, I’ll ask Matt the following question: Are we going to be civil or American tonight?”
You can read the rest of her post here and buy a copy of Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me here (which is exactly what I just did). Thanks Paige.

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