Even though it wasn't official, Mary Dickens' mother was a comedian. She was always saying something to make her daughter, and everyone who heard her, laugh, and that's actually how her "mom-isms" turned into a book.
"I worked as a letter carrier," author Mary Dickens explained. "I worked with a group of men, and every morning I'd go in and tell them something else my momma said, and one day one of the guys said 'why don't you make it a book!' "
Dickens moved back to Quanah to care for her mother, Katie, who lost her sight due to glaucoma. Even towards the end in 2011, Katie was still adding to her list of quips, with a sense of humor Dickens can't emphasize enough.
"With all the things that are happening in the world, that are so sad and so bad, a person needs something to laugh about!"
And the pages offer plenty of laughs, but also a deeper meaning.
"My mother had to help us kids from time to time," Dickens said, "but when we got to working and got older, she said 'well now its time for every tip to sit on its own bottom.' "
"Everybody's got to make it for themselves. You got your own bottom to sit on."
Dickens used the pieces of advice as a parenting model with her children and grandchildren, but no matter if it's judging people's character or judging people's legs, "The Things My Momma Told Me" is a reminder that you can't take life too seriously.
"I just think its great when you can take some things and use them in your everyday life and laugh about it," Dickens said.
These sayings, no matter how silly, teach you something.
Dickens says "thank you" all the time because her mom once told her that a person doesn't have to be nice to you, so the least you can do is say thank you. She says every time she reads a page, it reminds her of her mom.
Dickens is working to get the book into local stores, but for now its available online for $11. You can learn more here.