When my college roommate was visiting after Thanksgiving, I would hear her phone ping every morning with texts.
Her mom, who is in her 80s, lives alone and asks that my college roommate and her two brothers make some contact via text every morning. That way, they know that she’s okay.
I’d hear the familiar ping of my friend’s phone. She’d say, “That’s from mom. Listen to what she has to say today….”
Then she’d read an inspirational quote that her mom sent. Her brothers would chime in and my friend would respond as well.
I thought, what a great idea. I’m a terrible worrier, and if I don’t hear from my kids for a few days or weeks, I get more worried. With one child in the Bay area and the other in Utah, I feel like they’re both too far away. I sent my kids a group text and explained how it would work. We would send an inspiring note to each other by noon each day. It only takes a moment, we’d check in and pass along some inspiration. Also, I’d know that they were okay.
“Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” —Swami Sivananda
That was my first text. I told them, “Now you guys need to respond by noon with a quote or a ok thanks,” I texted.
“Would that be ‘an’ okay, thanks. Not a,” my daughter texted back.
She then responded with a meme with the following words:
“What are a few things that have inspired you lately?
To be better than everyone. Cause I hate everyone.”
I take it she wasn’t enjoying my inspirational quote thing so much.
My son responded with “I don’t like inspirational quotes, so here is a good painting.”
A Vase of Roses–Van Gogh, 1890
The next day, I sent a quote and my daughter responded with “Eew that’s so and so’s bio on Twitter. New quote please.”
I sent “Winners never quit. Quitters never win.” It was a quote we had on the back of our swim club’s shirts a few years ago.
“Except Michael Phelps quit and he’s a winner,” she pointed out. Yes, she’s right about that, too.
My son sent a painting by Henri Matisse.
“I like it. It reminds me of spongebob,” my daughter said.
“Fun fact: the spongebob art was inspired by his cut-outs,” he answered.
My daughter texted this:
It’s been interesting to see what they come up with on a daily basis. It adds a little joy to my day like we’re sharing special secrets.
And then my son called, “Thank you, Mom, for starting the inspiration thing. I really love it.”