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Seun Tuyo: 65 Priceless Things about My Mom

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My mom turns 65 (oops…25 I mean) today, the 14th of July. I have been torn between mixed feelings of nostalgia and sentiments on this milestone. I decided not to contribute to her excess stuff (which I may eventually reclaim anyway) but to scribble 65 priceless things about her and share it with the world. I agree with the popular saying if you love someone, you should tell them while you can, here we go;

Things I love about her:

1)        I love that she is tough.

2)        I love that she is kind.

3)        I love that she is patient.

4)        I love that she is talented and a hard worker.

5)        I love that she always has my back and always takes time to listen to all of my ideas.

6)        I love that she’s made growing old so attractive, I am open to the challenge.  She’s aged gracefully and beautifully.

7)        I love that at one point she has referred to ‘Pringles’ as ‘Springles’ and the popular ‘Dorobucci’ song as ‘Torobucci’.

8)        I love that she raised us to love the Lord and to trust Him even when things don’t work out as we may have planned.

9)        I love her wisdom pointers (‘don’t stop believing in yourself…Pray, Pray and trust God…’  ‘Keep your palms moist, moisturize them, otherwise you will grow old too quickly…’  ‘Don’t pile dishes, wash them as you are cooking, it saves you time and beats the laziness’).

10)     I love that I cannot read Proverbs 31 without her in mind.

11)     I love that she has always been my #1 encourager.

12)    I love that I can always count on her to cheer me up no matter what my challenge is.

13)    I love her sense of humor, humor and more humor, with her; you cannot get enough of it.

14)    I love that she believes in me and doesn’t fail to constantly tell me.

15)    I love that she has worked so hard to help my brother and I achieve our dreams.

16)    I love that she always goes so far out of her way to do amazing things for people without even being asked.

17)    I love the way she still keeps up with exercising and unattractive diets 
to maintain her health.

18)    I love the way her gray hair is becoming resistant to hair dyes (the effect of the dyes are beginning to slow down)

 Things she says:

19)         ‘…. God loves you, and so do I’

20)         ‘… But you know these are the things you do that I do not like’

21)         ‘… You know the town is not safe, please come back home on time’ (this one is for always for my brother)

22)         ‘… Are you going out dressed like that?’

23)         ‘… I will tell your future husband when he comes to pay your bride price that you do not shower at night’

24)         ‘…. Yes, I have eyes in the back of my head’

25)         ‘…. Money does not grow on trees, go and review your list’

26)         ‘…. Try and Fast oh, God will answer our prayers’

27)         ‘…. Always wear clean underwear; you never know when you might get into an accident.’

28)         ‘… Stand properly or you’d end up with a bad posture’

29)         ‘…. Stop shuffling and raise your feet’

 Things I’d like to thank her for:

30)         For welcoming everyone in to our home, our friends were your friends.

31)         For always speaking up and sharing what you believed in, giving us the strength to do the same.

32)         For always showering us with praise, even when we didn’t deserve it, that face of contentment you always have when you say ‘that’s my girl’, ‘that’s my boy’…
and your sense of excitement at good news is priceless.

33)         For always leading by example, it was easy to imbibe good virtues.

34)         For always giving everyone the benefit of the doubt… even when you knew the truth.

35)         For always making us pay attention to the news to keep us informed, now it is a habit.

36)         For always instilling discipline filled with love and compassion.

37)         For working so hard and succeeding, you showed us we could do the same.

38)         For giving failure and success a new meaning. You taught us that in success or failure, there is a lesson, learn it, humble yourself and share your experiences with people you love.

39)         For always encouraging us to stand on our own.

40)         For always taking our stress upon yourself, so we didn’t face it alone

41)         For never waking up grumpy, your attitude to the dawn of a new day means a new blessing.

42)         For teaching us the difference between ‘someday this will all be yours’ and ‘lets share everything everyday while we have each other’.

Things she has taught me

43)         Put God first, like really first in line!

44)         Take a break once a while and enjoy life.

45)         Be generous with others, there is more blessings for the giver than the receiver.

46)         Celebrate beauty, it is ok to grow old but do it gracefully.

47)         Support those you love and protect ‘your own’.

48)         See the good in people with a magnifying glass.

49)         Treat others the way they want to be treated.

50)         Know who you are and who you want to be early enough and stay true to yourself.

51)         Persistence (My mom is P-E-R-S-I-S-T-E-N-T).

52)         Know which battles are worth fighting.

53)         Laugh at yourself before the world gets a chance to.

54)         Think highly of yourself.

55)         Be flexible with your choices.

56)         There is a reason the word intuition is in the dictionary, trust your gut.

57)         Be kind even when it doesn’t feel right.

58)         Pursue your dreams.

59)         Accept what you cannot change and move on.

60)         Lend a helping hand willingly (frowning on an errand is a NO-NO)

61)         Be a good listener (Share your problems with her and it becomes hers, literarily).

62)         Don’t dwell on negative emotions, be optimistic.

63)         Challenge yourself, work hard, nothing good comes easy.

64)         Do not be too open with your life, not everyone you share your tales with are true, choose your friends wisely.

65)         Do not allow technology development leave you behind, catch up by fire by force (she is a techie).

So there you have it…. I love how stress-free it was to come up with these 65 priceless things, and I love that I could go on to write 65 more without any hassles. She has taught me all of these lessons here and more, for that I am thankful.

“Mom, I hope you have the best birthday yet today and May every year to come be greater. I know you know this already, but I’d tell you again and again, you are always in my heart, I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BEYOND”

We all have parents and loved ones and we unconsciously fail to express how we feel as often as we should, especially with our ever so ‘busy’ life excuses. Do not let that excuse steal away moments and happiness your expressions can bring to someone. Tell it now while you can.

Don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday today!

Seun Tuyo is interested in social development. She loves to interact with people and has a desire to make a profound and positive impact around the world. She suffers moments of weaknesses at the sight of a cold bottle of Coca-cola and Chocolates. Feel free to reach her on twitter and instagram @seuntuyo.

92 Comments

  1. ella

    July 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Very nice. You just made me remember my own mum and all her ways. Mothers are really the best.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      I know right, thank you Ella!

  2. desiree

    July 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    mothers are rare gem..Happy Bornday to Mumsy Seun Tuyo

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you Desiree

  3. Rynyx

    July 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Happy birthday to ur mum Seun. Am sure she will be proud of the lady and gentleman you and Gerald have grown into( famzing is allowed jor). I am challenged to write a list about my own mum. I will post it to you when am done, lol.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you, i’d be delighted to read it.

  4. bhookey

    July 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Happy birthday mama,God continuously bless u for us!!! Sese my darling may God bless u with children dat will honour u even much more.love u bae!

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks bae!

  5. Faith

    July 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I love that I got a chance to meet such a kind and loving woman in my life time she’s a blessing indeed.God bless and keep her happy birthday ma

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Amen and Thank you Faith

  6. Radiant

    July 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Happy birthday to your mum!!!

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you, Radiant

  7. Bolu

    July 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Happy Bday to your Mum, Seun. I’m sure she’s proud to have you as a wonderful daughter too.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you, Bolu

  8. Seun Tuyo

    July 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you everyone, God bless you

    • Gbeke Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      happy birthday to Seun T’s Mum…..****smiles*****

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Cuz!

  9. chidera j

    July 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Happy birthday to ur Mum.. cheers!

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you, Chidera j.

  10. Le moi

    July 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Happy birthday to your mum… To my mum i love you even when u dy make me vex sometimes

  11. Princess Kay-Olufade

    July 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Happy birthday to your mum. She is indeed a techie. I sent her a text this morning in less than a minute I got a reply longer than what I typed. I was shocked. Lol

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Princess kay-Olufade

  12. Grace E

    July 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    reading through this made me smile…don’t know what I’d do or be without my mum….she is God’s gift to me…mothers are priceless

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Spot on, Grace E. Thanks!

  13. taymehlawlar

    July 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    wow…….so touching,love your write up dear.
    Happy birthday to your mum, Long life & more prosperous years and to the world best SIS, ,thou we disagree a lot,but i love you beyond words,wishing you the very best in life as you turn a year older today. Cheers n God bless

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you Taymehlawlar

  14. Nsybum

    July 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Happy birthday to your mum. I am certain she is very proud of you and your brother. God bless and keep her in good health

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Amen and many thanks Nysbum

  15. Berry Dakara

    July 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Awwwwww

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

  16. okpaneje Chris

    July 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Wooow. I so love this piece. It reminds me very much of my dad(my mentor and hero)
    Happy birthday mum,you mean the world to us

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Awww, God bless you Chris! Don’t fail to let him know how you feel at every chance you get.

  17. Ibinabo

    July 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Happy birthday Ma, God loves you, and so do I.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      She loves you too, thank you Ibinabo!

  18. Ela

    July 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    happy bday to ur mum, makes me think of mine with tears in my eyes cos she is late.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      She is gone but not forgotten. God bless her and i am sure her light shines through you every second. Thank you Ela

  19. Mummy Mo

    July 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Happy Birthday Ma.May God Continue to Bless and Keep You.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you, Mummy Mo

  20. Ebohon Egbe

    July 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Happy birthday to ur Mum…………………… Long life in good health to her.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Egbe!

  21. mimzzzzzzzzz

    July 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Wow seun happy birthday to ur mum, she’s still so beautiful even @ 65, remember our [email protected] St Peters Benin, and when she’s used to come to our house for zonal meetings (*laughs*) she surely is one woman who knows how to liven up a place. Cheers to her at 65.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Mimzzzzzz.

  22. baboushka

    July 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    The “springles” one made me laugh out loud hahaha happy birthday ma may you live to see many many more God bless you!

  23. flora

    July 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks seun u really make me feel humbled
    Never thought I had such characteristics
    Proud of you both and feel happy we have come this far as a happy United family

    Love you all and pray to be around longer

    • Changing Faces

      July 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Happy birthday ma… have a beautiful day. God bless

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Thank you Changing faces

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Love you mommie

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Love you mommie!

  24. beautifulonyinye

    July 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Happy birthday to. Ur mum.I wish her the best of all her. Heart’s desires.My mum says ‘springles’ too and I. Always have a good laugh.Beautiful piece,I read it smiling through out.I love my parents sooooo much and I show it very well.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Thank you Beautifulonyinye.

  25. Adewunmi

    July 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to Seun Tuyo’s mum, wish u long life and prosperity

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Thank you Adewunmi

  26. Ozzy

    July 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Happy Birthday Mommy. GOD bless you ma,

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Amen and Thanks Ozzy

  27. bookiegold

    July 14, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    HBD to your mum wish her llnp and many more fruitful years…… she is indeed georgeous @25 sorry 65 just like iyabookie (big grin)

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Thank you Bookiegold

  28. Hian

    July 14, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Ma, wishing you long live and many wonderful blessings ahead. May Seun and Gerald continue to make you proud, may you never lack any good thing, may your smile never fade. May love always surround you and may more and more people come to the saving grace of Christ through you. Seun God bless you for being an amazing daughter to this amazing woman. Now, go and get her a tin of “springles” and play Torobucci for her today.

    • Hian

      July 14, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      *Long Life

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Thank you Hian, this cracked me up

  29. ODOGWU

    July 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Wow! Happy Birthday to your Golden Mum. Am sure your mum will be indeed proud of you and Gerald. May God bless your family,

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Thanks and God bless you too Odogwu

  30. Faji

    July 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    just seeing this, You are a good daughter, tho with many scon-scon, but then i guess dats Y u r diffrent and unique.

    My regards to MAAMA.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Thank you Faji

  31. clare

    July 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    God bless her abundantly, Happy birthday ma’m

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Amen and Thank you Clare!

  32. Romy

    July 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Happy birthday to your mom. May the good Lord satisfy her with long life in Jesus Name. I should thank my mom a lot more too. This tribute reminds me such of her. LOVE YOU MOMMY!!!!

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Thank you and Amen!!!

  33. Iyobosa Aduwa

    July 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Happy birthday mummy! She is a woman who made growing old to be really attractive, I admire her for that n I ve also copied that from her. May God give u longlife to see ur grandchildren n any sickness that is associated with old age will never be ur portion IJN. Amen. Love u loads

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Awww Iyobosa, i appreciate the kind words, thank you

  34. Che

    July 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Happy birthday to your amazing mum. God bless her richly as she continues to reap the fruits of her labour. In Jesus Name. Amennnnnnnnnn

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thanks and Amen Che

  35. mylittlecuteface

    July 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Eya, Happy birthday Ma. hope my children will be able to say these about me in future!

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thank you Mylittlecuteface

  36. hazel

    July 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Lovely write up and we can all tell she has done a great job so far and should be proud.
    May God keep and bless our mothers.
    Weldone hun

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Amen and Thank you Hazel!

  37. Kili

    July 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Lol. No 23 cracked me ehn. So that your brideprice will reduce abi???

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Abi oh, Thank you Kili!

  38. yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.com

    July 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Happy birthday to your mother. She does not look a day over 65 – I want to be like her when i grow up, lol

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Thank you, Yourstruly!

  39. chica

    July 15, 2014 at 6:27 am

    HBD 2 Gerald and seUn’s mUmmy,what a nice and beautifl woman.wonderfl write up.I loved evry bit of it….

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Thank you Chica!

  40. nehi

    July 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Happy birthday to your mum, may God keep her safe n grant her long life to reap the fruit of her labour.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Thank You Nehi!

  41. Tytes

    July 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

    This piece is a purfect birthday gift asides from mummys kids (Omoh & Seun and usssss). Permit me to add to it; Mummy rocks at 65 and shes aging gracefully. Pray God continues to strengthen you and causes you to increase on every side in Jesus name.
    @schoco, God bless u more and more. Tnx 4 making your mum smile all the time.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Love you Tytes, i appreciate!

  42. Aderemi Idowu

    July 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Happy birthday mama, I wish you more blissful years to come. Mummy thanks for sharing your beauty with CHOCOLATE!!!. Seun please give us our own cake.
    To my mom, I love you for who you are.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Thank you Remi

  43. Tlop

    July 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Aww, I feel so touched! Happy birthday to Your mom Seun, Mommies are actually the best.. I Love my Mummy!

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 16, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Thank you Tlop, God bless your mummy!

  44. Dee one

    July 18, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Just saw this….happy birthday ma. May you continually grow in His grace. Seun u forgot to add “I like dat you still play with me like and run around like a child in the playground”….lol. She’s one of the nicest people I have come across. She indeed has a kind heart. Happy birthday to her.

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Thank you Dee One, that one is a very valid point!

  45. faith abassah

    July 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    God bless n keep ur mum. Really nice piece

    • Seun Tuyo

      July 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Faith

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