In honor of Mother’s Day this month—and Father’s Day the next—we asked members of the hard-working Quilt Festival staff to share with our readers the greatest thing they learned from their own parents. Enjoy these little bits of wisdom!
Judy Murrah - Vice President of Education and Administration
“I learned from my mother to be a strong woman during a time when women were often treated like Magnolia blossoms. Life is hard. Persevere. Life is sweet. Enjoy. Life is full of love. Accept. Mom lived to be 89 years old. In the end, she was blind and bedridden, but she stayed strong.”
Wilma Hart - Vice President of Corporate Projects
“Growing up in Central Mississippi with my grandma living with us, I remember the old sayings more than I do the inspiring messages. The first one that comes to mind, since I used to like to whistle, is ‘A whistling woman and a crowing hen never comes to a very good end.’ I still have NO idea what that means!”
Ruth Polanco - Show Director
“I learned from both of my parents how to have undying faith in God. There were times, growing up, when we felt like the worst was upon us.
My parents never gave up, and had true faith in their hearts when they said their prayers. I’ve seen, firsthand, miracles happen, and all by the grace of God. As my daughters grow up, I hope to teach them how to have undying faith too.”
Becky Navarro - Special Exhibits Coordinator
“My father would not tolerate the words, ‘I can’t.’ His favorite reply to ‘I can’t’ was ‘You can do anything you set your mind to!’
Use your mind was implied. My mother laughed easily and often. From her, I learned to admire people who have the ability to laugh. Laughter can make a bad moment, a horrific day, or any amount of physical pain bearable.”
Deann Shamuyarira - Special Exhibits Assistant
“The best thing I ever learned from my mom is to love Jesus Christ with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, because he first loved me. She taught me that this is the most important thing in life, along with making family my number one priority, second only to my relationship with Jesus. She showed this to us through the time she spent on her knees everyday, praying for us, and through the time and love she devoted to raising us. Thank you, Mom!"
Rhianna Griffin - New Media Coordinator (and Friends@Festival editor)
“Things learned from both my parents and grandparents…the best thing you can be in life is kind. People are unlikely to remember the things you say, but they will always remember the way you treat them and the way you make them feel. And that the key to a happy life is the ability to create things you love. Grow a garden. Start a family. Write a story. Play beautiful music. And appreciate them all.”