I recently flipped through some old journals and I found a list I had made of my mother’s advice through the years. She was a good mom, friend, and confidante and had given me lots of good advice.
Some I took, some I saved for later, and some I just flat-out ignored and was very sorry for it. Oy, those terrible and stupid mistakes. I should have listened to you, Mom!
Here, for posterity, and to remind myself, I share with you (in no particular order):
Norma’s Rules for a Happy Life
- Don’t lie to the IRS, the police, or your mother.
- Don’t marry someone if you think you will change him. The things that bug you NOW are going to bug you MUCH more later.
- Don’t say anything that you would be embarrassed or ashamed to hear repeated.
- Treat the boys you like like the boys you don’t like, and you will have the boys you like.
- Sex is not love.
- Treat your employees with respect, but let them know who’s boss.
- Clean as you go. (Ha. She NEVER did this herself.)
- When in doubt, throw it out. (Can apply to milk, food, boyfriends, miscellaneous mail.)
- Use good quality ingredients in your cooking and don’t substitute.
- Buy life insurance.
- You will always love your family even if you don’t always like them.
- True friends reveal themselves in times of hardship.
- Don’t marry someone who doesn’t make you laugh.
- Clean your room, you never know what you might find.
- Lay your outfit out the night before.
- You will never know until you try.
- Don’t spend money you don’t have.
- Leave your house (and desk and drawers) organized in case something happens to you but then you recover. (Meaning, so you won’t die of shame.)
- Treat everyone as you wish to be treated.
- Be welcoming if you want to be welcomed.
- Laugh often, but not at other’s expense.
- Don’t overfill your washer.
- Write thank you notes.
- Call your mother!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you hard-working, advice-giving moms out there and if you are able to, CALL YOUR MOTHER!