I sometimes have boundary problems as well, and I think I got it from him. My hub thinks my whole family is too nice, and that I am also, because of it. He's good at helping me figure out how to respond appropriately to situations that confuse me when I need to set boundaries and stand up for myself.
Anyway, she is also very creative, and used to help me come up with ideas for what to write about in school. She always wanted to be a writer, but stayed home to look after us kids instead. She did publish a few stories in magazines, though, but she didn't make a living of it. I think she has talent, but her writing was a bit too simple. She probably could have made it if she'd gone to school beyond high school.
She's also very talented in flower arranging and other kinds of crafts. She did the flowers for our wedding, and she did a gorgeous job. She trained herself how to do it. She loves all kinds of arts and crafts.
She's also very affectionate, and I used to confide in her about personal stuff, while I would confide in my dad about career-related stuff.
She loves that we all get along, and always comments on how lucky we are to have such a great dad. I think that we could probably do more to show her some appreciation, too.
Aw, now I'm missing them.
So what did you mean about your mom's brilliant observations of simple things about you and your dad?
PS - I have a theory that being a housewife can make you selfish in some ways, even though having kids forces people to be selfless, especially moms. Moms who are housewives are sometimes a strange combination of selfish and selfless.
There are certain important lessons in life about interacting with people that people who never work with others never learn for themselves. This can be true of housewives for that reason. (My mom has been working since we were teenagers, though, so I'm not referring to her.)