Clean your plate. Sit up straight.

What did your mother say that you’ll never forget?

Be polite. Turn out the light!

What words of wisdom still echo in your mind?

If your friend jumped off a bridge, would you jump off a bridge?

How did Mom guide you in an important moment?

Share your favorite mom-ism.

Tell us why it mattered then, matters now and what events surrounded that saying. (Keep it under 150 words, please.)

If you have a photo, attach it as a jpg of at least 330KB. The larger and higher quality the picture, the better it will reproduce.

Email your mom-isms and pictures to Be sure to include your name, your mom’s name and where you both live.

We’ll run a few of the best in the newspaper on Mother’s Day.