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A good laugh for Mother’s Day


Editor’s note:

While Mother’s Day is filled with sentiment and warm-fuzzy thoughts — as well it should be — there’s another side of motherhood to explore.

There are lots of moms who appreciate how much a sense of humor can help when it comes to the world’s toughest job.

We’ve gathered a few famous quotes on the topic from a range of observers. Share a laugh with your mother this Mother’s Day and see which of these funny quotes rings true for her experience.

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”

— Phyllis Diller

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”

— Calvin Trillin

“A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”

— Tenneva Jordan

“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.”

— Buddy Hackett

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.”

— Lisa Alther

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”

— Mark Twain

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”

— Milton Berle

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

— Erma Bombeck

(And a few last thoughts from that prolific writer “author unknown.”)

“Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life.”

— Unknown

“I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.”

— Unknown

“To the world you might just be one person, but to one person you might be the world.”

— Unknown



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