As I roamed the aisles of the supermarket today, I came across an acquaintance who was accompanied by a little girl whom she introduced as her granddaughter. We didn’t have much time to chat but she told me that the experience of being a grandmother was like being given the opportunity to right the wrongs she may have committed as a Mother. This statement prompted me to draft up a list for my own children in the event that I’m dead, senile or simply forgetful when it’s my turn to be a nana. Let me know what you think!
Things I taught my own children which I will insist they teach their own children
~Always offer your seat on the bus, train or any other medium of transportation, to the elderly. This action not only shows kindness, but also respect. This also applies to pregnant women or anyone that looks really tired.
~Always address your elders as “Sir” or “Ma’am”. This shows you are both respectful and well-mannered.
~There is no such thing as “constructive” criticism so if you don’t have anything nice to say, abstain from saying anything at all.
~Smile at others as much as you can. Not only does it make you look more attractive, it also relieves stress, improves your mood, lowers your blood pressure, and may just make someone’s day.
~Never ever use profanity in public. Not only is it tacky, it can get you in trouble for disturbing the peace.
~You are never too old to kiss your Mother.
~Be proud of your heritage.
~Don’t make a habit of lending out money or borrowing from others. If you’re the lender, keep in mind that half the time you don’t get it back and if you’re the borrower, you run the risk that all of your friends will find out about your financial woes.
~Be kind to animals.
~Never try to win an argument with your Mother. She will ALWAYS win.
~For the boys–Never, ever leave the toilet seat up!
~Send cards on special occasions. They are much appreciated by parents, siblings,significant others, and friends.
~Always, and I mean always, send a personalized thank you note when it’s merited. It shows you are appreciative, grateful, and classy.
~No matter what, do not tell lies. They have a way of coming back to bite you in the ass.
~Don’t start eating until you’ve said grace and everyone has taken their place at the table.
~Say your prayers before going to sleep every night.
~Respect that everyone has a right to their opinion even if you don’t agree with it.
~It’s not okay to be late. Being “fashionably late” is not fashionable. It simply implies that you believe your time is more important than the other person’s time.
~Be self indulgent now and then. You’re worth it.
~Don’t let anyone disrespect you, verbally or physically. If you do so, it gives the person green light to do it again.
~Don’t disrespect others. It’s not only rude and inconsiderate, it may cause you to get your ass beat.
~Don’t ever give a rat’s ass what others say or think about you. What matters is what you think of yourself.
~You are unique. There’s no one else out there like you.
~Remind yourself of the rule of three when it comes to who has your back: Me, myself, and I.
~Don’t gossip about, judge, or criticize others. Remember Karma’s a bitch.
~Show those you love that they are loved. There should be no waiting period for this.
~Live life passionately. If your life ain’t got passion, you’re living a boring life.
~Give away or donate anything you haven’t used or worn in the last three months.
~Never forget that your Mother loves you unconditionally and more than anyone else in the world.
Alright everyone, that’s it for now. Feel free to add to the list! I’d love to read what you have to say.