Mother’s Day Missives: Advice from Our Own Moms

Without the help of many outstanding women, Crane & Co. wouldn’t be the esteemed company it is today. She hand-borders personalized notes and cards with meticulous care. She speaks with customers to make sure each and every order is exactly what they’d hoped for and more. They letterpress. They design. They crunch numbers.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our female staffers to recall their favorite quotes from their own mothers, grandmothers & even great-grandmothers. What transpired were missives on everything from fellows and fashion to dreams and decorum.

Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!

Peggy Driggers, Merle Bottoms & Willie Chalker
mother, grandmother & great-grandmother of Gayle Driggers, Product Development
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  •  “When you educate a mother, you educate a family.”
  • “Attitudes are more important than facts.”
  • “On a galloping horse, who’s going to notice?”
  • “If two people agree on everything, then one of them’s not necessary.”

From Gayle: “In all my years, I never got a card or letter from my grandmother (Merle Bottoms) on behalf of herself and daddy Jim (my grandfather) that didn’t end with the phrase ‘We love you and are so proud of you.’

This has sustained me and many members of my family during times good and bad. A few years ago, after she died at the age of 97, I scanned an old letter and printed the phrase (on Crane paper, of course) and framed it for my siblings and cousins so we can be reminded of their love for us.”

Sarah Post
grandmother of Wallis Post, Public Relations

  • “You take care of you for me.”

Sheri Ko
mother of Judy Ko, Digital

  • “Do what you say and say what you do.”
  • “At least put on some lipstick.”

Carol Crane
mother of Nancy Crane, Product Development

  • “You can get used to hanging, if you hang long enough.”
  • “Don’t put beans in your nose.”
  • “I’d rather take in laundry.”

Jeanne Jangrow
mother-in-law of Mary-Kay Jangrow, Customer Service

  • “I would rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!”

Phyllis Burkhardt & Mildred Koskoden
mother & grandmother of Cindy Plowcha, Sales

  • “If you are drowning, grab a straw.”
  • “Every pot has a lid.”
  • “When they are little they step on your toes, when they are big they may step on your heart.”

Anne Desjarlais
mother of Jeri Desjarlais-Beckwith, Digital
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  • “If that’s what you want to do, do it.”

Sylvia Corsini
mother of Christine Corsini, Sales

  • “This too shall pass.”

Barbara Harris & Grace Fahey
mother & grandmother of Kellie Harris-Porter, Manufacturing

  • “Never go to bed mad.”
  • “Always say I love you to the people that mean the most.”
  • “Never wear plaid with stripes.”
  • “Red and pink really do not match.”

Jane Cooke
grandmother of Eliza Browning, VP of Digital
Eliza Browning grandmother mother's day

  • Epater la bourgeoisie.”
  • “Suffer for beauty.”
  • “Food takes the place of sleep.”
  • “It’s not worth sinning for.”
  • “It’s better than ice cream.”

Bobbie Jordan
mother of Sandra Jordan, VP of Sales

  • “Never say goodbye, say see you later.”
  • “You are not lucky, you are blessed.”

Brenda Ivey
mother of Rachel V. Ivey, VP of Creative & Product Development

  • “Always trust your personal inner voice – never question your gut.”

Virginia Smith
mother of Melissa Smith, Digital

  • “Always make sure that your boyfriend is crazier about you than you are about him.”

Margaret Williams
aunt of Kristine Williams, Customer Service

  • “Etiquette is not genetic; it has to be learned.”

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