Monday, November 19, 2012

I want Evelyn to know

  1. Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English.  That person knows at least two languages (I read that in Reader's Digest once).
  2. If you know where you learned something, go ahead and say that you read it from an article or heard it from an old farmer.  There's no sense in trying to act like you thought up all the thoughts yourself.
  3. But don't be afraid to be smart. Learning things is awesome, and dumb is entertaining for only so long.
  4. Sometimes, you're going to need help.  Ask for it.
  5. Sometimes, other people will need your help.  Give it.
  6. Learn to do something with your hands.  Knitting, plumbing, building ships in a bottle--I don't care.  I just want you to know the joy of being able to physically create something, whether it's a hat, a repaired kitchen sink, or a ship in a bottle.  Your dad would think you're so cool if you could make a ship in a bottle.
  7. Your dad loves you.  So do I.
  8. Ignore people who talk about how far back their family lines go like it's something to be proud of.  Everyone's family lines go all the way back, but some of them  have better documentation than others.  Be grateful you were born to people who love you and want to teach you things.
  9. Buying nice things won't make you a fancier person.  But if you can afford something nice, buy it, use it, and appreciate it.
  10. Leave a good tip.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

10 good things for everyone to know!