• Jenny Lynn Keller

Teachable Moments


Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common—the ability to keep the rest of us in line. Whether it’s literally like with this Canadian geese brood or verbally through a word of wisdom, helping a child navigate the murky waters of life is no easy feat. Folks today call them teachable moments, but I recall adding far more colorful adjectives as a teenager when my mother and I disagreed on a boatload of subjects. Can anyone else relate to those growing pains?


And after all these years, I’ll admit my mother was right most of the time . . . okay, 99.99% of the time. An amazing record, considering she always found time to be my greatest cheerleader and most patient teacher of how to live a life devoted to God, family, and community. As a wise man once said in Proverbs 1:8, “Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother’s knee. Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers.”


On this Southern-fried Friday before Mother’s Day, what useful, unique, or humorous skill did you learn from your mother?

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