Don’t you just love how good things keep going? How family members can inspire a legacy of service, of passions, of skills, character, and knowledge (among many other things) to their loved ones? It’s like in My Uncle’s Gift where a love of film-making inspires the next generation:
The Keep Good Going Life Lessons are welcome nuggets of wisdom and insight that are derived from life experiences. They are often simple, but always profound because they touch on the truths that hold life together. They are personal (not social or community) good, about you and those close to you. They are communicative of the good that continues in your personal life.
And for me My Uncle’s Gift reminds me of the life lesson and passion I gained from my mother – Whistle While You Work.
My whistling mother
My mother had faults and things that I couldn’t stand. And I often vowed to myself that I would never be like my mother. However, I am actually a lot like my mother, much to the shame of my teenage self. Not only do I look much more like my mother than my father (thank goodness!), with my long neck, oval face, thin eyebrows, weird fingernails, size eleven feet, and poor English circulation, teeth, and eyesight, but I act like her too.
We both love to talk. A lot. My mother talks to squirrels in the tree outside her closed kitchen window because she loves to talk so much. She will ramble on and on if you let her. And then there is the awkward chuckle. My mother is full of them, just as I am! I am quick to smile and quick to laugh when I get nervous (like when speaking in public), stressed, or embarrassed.
But, one of the best thing my mother passed onto me was a talent and ability for music. My mother loves to whistle, sing, and hum. You always knew where my mother was in our house if you stopped and listened hard enough because she was whistling while she worked. I, too, whistle, hum, and generally sing something as I go about my day. In fact, doing so helps me be happier in my role as a stay at home mother, much like I suspect it did for my mother before me.
A Love of Music Helped Me Earn a Degree
My mother also had a good voice; she could follow a melody, plunk it out on the piano, and stay in pitch. In fact, it was her piano plunking that inspired me to take piano lessons starting in the 7th grade (which she graciously paid for). My mother also paid and supported me joining band and playing the French horn starting in the 5th grade.
Because of her support (in many regards), I was able to attend college. And I was only able to financially afford my degree because of scholarships, many of which came from my membership in the Brigham Young University marching band and pep bands.
I loved my time in the BYU bands. I had the opportunity of being the French horn squad and section leader, traveling to Las Vegas and Los Angelos, and making some of the greatest friends of my life. Because of music and marching band I was able to become a first generation college graduate, complete with a minor in music. My mother kept good going.
You know, I even think that this love of music and specifically singing (though I don’t have an amazing voice), led me to my husband. I first began to think he was pretty cute and funny during church choir practices (now, he has an amazing voice though!). And it was while we were dating that he told me that he wished that someday he’d marry a woman who thought of life as a musical, just like him.
Keep Good Going
Lucky for him, he did marry such a woman. And now with our kids, we keep good going. Our twin daughters also love music and especially love singing (they can’t whistle… yet), and they will literally sing at the top of their lungs all about their day, and use a little vabrato as they do. They also love having us sing to them, and desperately want to learn how to play the piano, the violin, and the drums.
I am thankful my mom taught me to keep good going. Her love of whistling and singing encouraged me to pursue music in college, which eventually led me to find a great husband, and find happiness in my role as a stay at home mother, as I now too whistle while I work.
Tell me – How are you keeping good going in your family? What good legacy was bestowed upon you? How does My Uncle’s Gift apply to you?