There’s my mom, having a good time, standing along a rail on a cruise ship, enjoying the breeze, sunshine, pretty water! I thought I’d share some of the things I learned from her.
Always say thank you when someone does something for you.
I your mother have women’s intuition, and mothers have eyes on the back of their heads, so I know what you are up to!
Always tell me the truth, even when you will get in trouble if you did. You will get in less trouble than if you lie to me.
Always write thank you notes after you receive a gift (birthday, Christmas or anything). It’s not yours until you say thank you.
Don’t hit your brother, and as a matter of fact, watch out for him and stick up for him when he is in trouble!
Don’t pick your nose.
Always wash your hands after you use the toilet.
Eat everything on your plate and don’t be a picky eater. Keep your elbows off the table. Don’t put too much food in your mouth, don’t talk with a mouth full of food, chew with your mouth closed.
When I go to give you a spanking, don’t put your hand in the way to block the shot or I will hit you harder.
If it’s really bad I will go out and get a willow branch off the tree and spank you with that.
If it’s really, really bad, when your father gets home from work he will talk to you. Oh and I have already called him and told him what you did.
If you make a mess, clean it up.
Be polite to women – hold the door for them, open the car door for them (and close it). Walk on the sidewalk closest to the street and let them walk between you and the building or whatever you are walking next to.
Pray before you eat.
Sit still in church, don’t talk to your brother, and keep your hands to yourself.
When you get home from school, get a snack, do your homework and then watch TV, in that order!
When playing sports: be a good sport. Try hard to win, but if you lose, don’t be a sore loser.
Be able to laugh at yourself. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Respect your elders. Say yes sir, no sir, yes mam, no mam!
Drive the speed limit and wear your seat belt!
Sing on pitch. Watch the director.
When it’s time to show respect to the flag, you stop and show respect.
Work hard, don’t quit. You have what it takes. You’re smart, you can do it! Make something of yourself!
Be cheerful, be optimistic!
Get out and get some fresh air, get some exercise! Have interests and hobbies. That way you won’t be dull!
I love you!