My first teacher, my mother

I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.

Antonio Villaraigosa

Learning is our favorite pastime at Commonplace Cafe. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’d like to share a little prose.

  Young me:

“Grandma taught me to read,”

“Grandma taught me to listen.”
Older Me: 
Grandma taught me to memorize,
And my other Grandma taught me patience.
My mother taught me the most important lessons. 
She taught me how to treat others, about generosity.
To read people, understand their struggles, and how to empathize.
She taught me to listen to more than just a person’s words.
To question ideals and assumptions, especially generalized societal ones.
She taught me everything should have a little fun involved, 
And to appreciate music, playing, singing, and dancing.
She taught me to take responsibility for my own choices.
She gave my spark freedom, while protecting my spirit from harm. 
I can only aspire to teach my children the same.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
May 10, 2015


  1. Did you write this about me Krystal? Thank you so much. I always wonder if you are listening. Looks like you have done so. Your were the best daughter growing up and s wonderful Mother now. Happy Mothers Day to you sweet daughter and light of my World. Muah💋 I’ll read it to Gma today too.


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