At your mother’s knee

I am beginning work on a illustrated collection of excerpts from my family’s letters. My son and I talked about the examples I’ve used so far and found that his recollection (of my communications with him) is vastly different than the advice I heard from my parents. This is a partial list for Mother’s Day 201o: amusing, and not a little weird.

In no particular order, although I suspect the examples that he remembers most vividly come first:

Baba Yaga eats people. Always has. Always will.

Never play cards for money in a place you can’t leave.

Always trade up.

There’s nothing that can’t be fixed with the  judicious amount of accellerant.

Sleep is a weapon.

Never fall in love with  someone with more problems than you. And, there are a lot of people out there with more problems than you. (I should add that this rule has been flung down and danced on in our household.)

Dress like you had to walk home.

If you get to salt water, turn around.

If you don’t know what color it is, it isn’t purple.

That’s higher than it looks from down here.

The Rent-a-cop won’t think it’s funny. Don’t take it personally.

Remember where you parked.

Wish my mom had told me the one about Baba Yaga. . .

3 thoughts on “At your mother’s knee

  1. Oh my. This makes me wish I had been a LOT more careful in what I said. I’ll have to conduct the same experiment. Can’t wait to hear what she says.

  2. One thing she still won’t let me forget is when Anna, her friend, and I were looking at a wall of photos at my Mom’s house, and when her friend commented on a horrible Sears-style staged pose of all grandchildren (at the time), I said, “That’s probably the worst you ever looked.” Somehow I thought it was tactful, since she was 10-year-old-nearly-pubescent pudgy, and sporting a silly hat and worse shirt. She did not take it well.

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