I would say that the skills you learned from your Mom came to me from my parents and grandparents. My parents took care of making me aware of the need to try new and different things and the ‘manners. that made one acceptable at tables everywhere. My kitchen skills and interests were from Mother also.
My grandparents were the roadies…They journey’d from Michigan to California each year for ages, I accompanied them several times in the late 40’s and early 50’s on these wonderful trips. Being on the road for 10 days or so each way in the days before McDonalds and Holiday Inns was a great experience and taught me a lot. I maintained the map-log and assisted with the computation of the mileage and other trip related activities. I was also the one who was to filled the "Air Conditioner" with water. It was a vacuum cleaner shaped device that fit on the front passenger window(outside) . It worked like a swamp-cooler, using air rammed thru a wet filter to cool the inside of the car…worked great too, so long as it remained wet inside. We used water from canvas water bags hanging on the front of the car to refill it between fuel stops. I learned the value of fulfilling one’s responsibilities doing that task. I can honestly say that my family taught me a lot during those traveling years.