Life Lessons from Linda, Part 2

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Yesterday, I shared 5 Life Lessons from Linda. You can read them here.

Today, I’m sharing 5 more.

Life Lesson #6 – Be Unpredictable

When my trashy sister-in-law felt that my brother wasn’t paying enough attention to her, she called my mom for advice. Her response?

“Clearly you’re wearing way too much clothing. Making him a meal and dine naked.”

Odd advice coming from a mother-in-law – but that’s Linda. You just never know what shocking thing is going to come out of her mouth next.

Holli anna and Linda

And it gives great insight into the the mind of my mother.

Do whatever it takes to shock the ones you love. If this means dirty jokes, so be it. (Although my mom’s dirty jokes are quite tame – and often are followed by her asking us to explain why that dirty joke was funny.)

If it means dining naked or leaving a silly voicemail – do it.

If it means going out of your way to plan a surprise – get started.

Never underestimate the necessity to keep life interesting. This isn’t accomplished by adding conflict to an otherwise fine situation.

The interest should come from others not always knowing what will come out of your mouth next.

Life Lesson #7 – You Don’t Need an Invitation

One of my mom’s greatest virtues is her desire to be involved.

She doesn’t seem to believe that teenagers or married couples always need to be alone. When we were in college, any time we wanted to go to a bar, my mom would be the first to volunteer to be our driver. And she wouldn’t just drop us off – she would stay – just so she could spend time with us.

My Mom at My Bachelorette Party

Life Lesson #8 – Have No Expectations

Don’t expect others to know what you are thinking or what you want. If you want your husband to take you out for a nice meal – tell him.

If your birthday is coming up – remind him. Put multiple notes on the calendar, leave messages on his voicemail and cards in his pockets. Don’t use special events or holidays as a test to see whether your significant other will remember.

More often than not, he won’t.

Even Steven

And you will spend your day pouting and baking cookies (see #4). So tell him.

Life Lesson #9 – Write a Letter

As citizens of this democratic country, it is our duty to let our views be heard. A letter can be one of the best ways to communicate your concerns or thoughts to others.

My mom has written letters to the manager of McDonald’s when she was unhappy with their service. She worked her letter-writing magic at Hot N’ Now to get them a new speaker system for their drive through.

She even wrote a letter to my college after my freshman year to thank them for a wonderful experience.

And don’t even get me started on all of the letters she has written to the presidents over the years (and their wives).

Life Lesson #10 – Love Unconditionally

If you’re going to love someone, then do it unconditionally.

This means lots of forgiveness. Lots of hugs. Lots of tears and lots of reminders.

I can’t even begin to tell you how the knowledge that I am loved totally and utterly unconditionally by my parents has shaped who I am today.

Linda Mullett

Thank you, mom! I love you! (And your rockin’ mullet!)


  1. Cherie

    May 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I laughed, then I cried! Sweet! Isn’t she the best!

  2. Samantha

    May 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Regarding ##10, I don’t know if your mum realises this, but she’s won a lifelong place in our hearts with her contribution to your blog. We love you Linda! x

  3. Tess @ Tips on Life & Love

    May 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    These are some great life lessons! Thanks for passing on her wisdom.

  4. Mom

    May 10, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Thank you Samantha – you are very sweet…..and thank you Anna B….love you and miss you every day. Call me tomorrow 🙂

  5. Karen

    May 10, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Nice work, Anna. Especially #10. Your mom modeled God’s love for you, which in turn positioned you to do the same for your beautiful children. That’s the real beauty of Linda. Happy Mothers Day to you and your mom.

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