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9.16.2013

Life Lessons I Learned From My Parents

people will still love you even if you aren't current on every fad.  a conversation with my dad: "did you hear about the super bowl?  who is bruce morris, do you like him?  is he part of that first dimension band?"  (in case you don't speak 74 year old father, he meant bruno mars and one direction, respectively.)  and he's a pediatrician.  the kids still love him, even if he has no clue what songs they're listening to. 


always buy at least somewhat see-through shower curtains.  when i was getting my first shower curtain in college for my apartment, i was all about some pretty patterned something, probably in hot pink.  but then my mother reminded me about 'psycho' and convinced me that i wouldn't be murdered, or i'd at least see them coming, with a shower curtain either clear or thin enough to see through.  i'm still terrified of showering in hotels with opaque curtains.  seriously.  but since then i've always had a transparent shower curtain, and it does make the bathroom look bigger.  and i haven't been murdered yet.  (specifically, i have this one.)


sandwiches made with nothing but cream cheese and cucumbers are perfectly acceptable, even desirable, lunches.  as are cut up hot dogs in baked beans, dinosaur shaped mac and cheese, and grilled cheese and tomato soup.


dogs behave until you do something to bother them.  "moooooom, crystal bit me!"  "well what'd you do?"  fair.  i teased her with her treats and she didn't actually bite so much as lunge for the bone i was taunting her with.  the dog is always right.  respect the dog.


work hard, play hard.






you can pick your family.  adopted right here, holla.  in addition to picking me, they picked their family or at least who to be close to.  everyone says you can pick your friends but not your family, but my family, on both parents' sides, has some real loons.  as every family does.  but my parents decided long ago that they don't need those toxic relationships in their lives or mine.  and they picked family for me that isn't family at all.  like my 'uncle carmie' betsy met last weekend - guess what betsy?  he's not actually related at all.  bet you didn't know!


not my grandparents.  but he taught me to drive.

not really my uncle uncle carmie


nothing good happens on the road after midnight.  i never had a curfew.  it was never even discussed; it was never an issue.  i didn't even want to be anywhere late, i never snuck out, and when my friends and i started driving, my dad just said 'nothing good happens on the road after midnight, so if you're still some place at midnight, stay there.'  he's right, the horrible accidents teens get in to, even if they were the victim of a drunk driver, always happen after midnight, particularly in the suburbs with less cabs and public transportation options.


but lots of good things happen at noon.  so always go tailgating with your kid.  try not to be horrified at the idea of keg stands, the fact that a frat boy just drank straight from the bottle of belvedere you brought for your bloody marys, that the fruit is not just 'fruit', or the fact that your daughter might not be 21 yet.



thanks for all that wonderful guidance and more, mom and dad!

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24 comments:

  1. Your dad is so right about the road after midnight. Seriously. I hate driving late at night. And I'm glad you haven't been murdered in the shower! Good to know about semi-transparent shower curtains! Andddd that makes me so happy that you have suh a positive outlook on being adopted! The Hubbs and I are going to adopt eventually, and I hope we can give our new son or daughter that same positivity! It sounds like you have a great family!

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  2. These are some good lessons, however, I always buy shower curtains you can't see through so other people can be in the bathroom with you without seeing everything. Throwback to my college days of 1 bathroom for 5 girls I think!

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  3. This is a sweet post. I didn't have a curfew either for the same reason. And love that you CAN pick your family or at least who you are close to- so true!

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  4. Hahaha I love this. I really love the one about picking your family. My parents' family on both sides are super crazy for the most part so friends have become like family!

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  5. they sound so great. and i fully support picking your family!

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  6. My parents had the same philosophy about curfews. I am terrified of shower curtains I can't see out of. That's why I have a glass enclosure. My parents picked my family too....well mostly. I have lots of people I call my aunts and uncles that are just super good family friends. I also have lots of family I never speak to because I don't need that kind of crazy in my life

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  7. I love that "nothing good ever happens on the road after midnight", so true.

    "Loon" is one of my favorite words. Ever. It so often perfectly describes ridiculous family members.

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  8. I love this post! You have great parents :)

    And I totally have a clear section on my shower cutain so I can see if someone's coming to kill me too! lol!!

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  9. This is so adorable and totally true on so many levels! But what I love the most about it is that all of these are about the memories you've made with your parents! because truly the best lessons come from the experiences! I can feel the love in this post!
    Shana

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  10. I hate shower curtains too! Makes me a little paranoid! That's one of the reasons that I much prefer baths :-)

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  11. So cute! I have so many uncles and aunts and cousins who I am not even slightly related too.

    Also totally agree about the tailgating! :)

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  12. Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a great lunch/dinner, one of my favorite cold weather meals!

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  13. Your parents are awesome. Cucumber sandwiches are too. And family you choose.

    I do have opaque curtains because I'm petrified someone else will need to use the bathroom and have to come in when I'm in the shower.

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  14. This is such a cute post. I am so happy to see that you have such a great relationship with your family and it seems you have learned quite a bit from them as well lol

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  15. These are some great gems... specifically, nothing good on the road happens after midnight. And the tailgating with your kid. I live for tailgating.

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  16. Aww this is so cute! I like the "nothing good happens on the road after midnight". It was unspoken in my house too. If you're out late, just stay there and don't leave til morning.

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  17. Yeah I did, your mom actually introduced him as very good family friend. I love your parents they were a hoot!

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  18. "... are acceptable, even desirable lunches." I'm going to add EGGS to this. Not only are they easy and convenient, they're really good, man! C'mon! But alas, my boyfriend judged me when we moved in together and he saw my weird levels of egg consumption. Haha

    +1 on the choosing your own family and nothing good on the road happens at night!

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    1. Eggs are so easy, that's what I make when I want something warm but I'm too lazy! Scrambled eggs are ready in mere seconds!

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  19. If I had non-opaque shower curtains, I'd always worry that people will walk in on me! Your family is awesome—even though they massacred Bruno Mars's name :p

    Michelle @ Mishfish13

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    1. The perks of living alone!! Even when I had a roommate though, we had a transparent one, we just worked out a decent system.

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  20. AHHHH. i love all of this so much. also your parents. will they adopt me (i'm serious)?

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  21. switch me seats, your parents are the king of kings! No wonder you're so rad.

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