Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What Childhood Advice or Rule Do You Still Obey?

When I was a kid, my mother was very strict about my returning books to the library on time. I am sure the fine entered into it, but I think she also looked on it as good manners.

It still troubles me greatly if I don't return a book on time (or alternately renew it on line). Today I paid a fine of $.80 and it really bothered me.

What rule from childhood do you still carry around in your head?


16 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

I was always taught that it was wrong to waste things. I still don't like to do that...

George said...

My mother drilled into us: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

Al Tucher said...

My dad thought that automatic transmissions are a moral failure. It took me a long time to get over it and stop spending my life shifting between first and second.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Say "please" and "thank you"
Offer a seat on the subway or bus to older people and pregnant women
Right, Margot - Clean your plate


Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Always have a jacket with you.

Graham Powell said...

Two of them: Always clean your plate. I still have big issues throwing away food, even if I don't want it. And always be polite. This has helped me out more times than I can count.

Charles Gramlich said...

there is still a certain curse word I won't ever use.

Kent Morgan said...

Always hold a door open for the next person. When walking with a woman, walk on the road side. Never eat with your elbow on the table. Plus several of the above although the jacket one is new to me. Today is the anniversary of my mother's death so when I visit her grave, she probably will remind me of some others that she taught me.

Richard R. said...

Be on time. Say "Thank you", and promptly send thank you cards for gifts. Be thrifty, save before you spend, don't buy what you can't afford to pay cash for (except a home).

pattinase (abbott) said...

I wonder how many of these things we pass on to our kids.

Dana King said...

Pretty much all of the above. I was going to say I still look both ways before crossing the street, but the previous responses have reminded me of how many of these things are a permanent part of me. For the better, I should add.

Deb said...

So many (all of which I'm grateful for following now, although at the time I was absorbing these lessons, I never thought I would be)--but the one I've always followed is to make my bed every morning. My mom always says that no matter how messy a room might be, if you make the bed, close the closet door, and push all the drawers closed, it will make the room look much neater.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I wish your Mom had known my Mom.

Chris said...

Being polite and respectful, certainly.

Jerry House said...

My mother, on the subject of burnt toast: Eat it. Carbon is good for your system.

Joe Barone said...

Patti, This is way late because we've been away, but, even so, I thought I should share. My father had three sayings we passed on to our son and his family. The most important one was, "People are more important than things."