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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