Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Your newsletter is a week early this month since everyone will be quite busy the last week of November. Did your parents have rules about what you couldn’t do? Mine did and here are a few of my favorites.
“Don’t eat at other people’s houses.” This rule did not seem to apply when my parents played canasta on Friday nights at Aunt Ruby and Tony’s. Aunt Ruby always brought the leftover fish sticks home from the church fish fry and we were told to politely say “thank you” and force feed ourselves. They were dry and very fishy. The eating rule DID apply when we went to the Lothers and she tried to serve us canned sweet plums. With a little sugar on top, they were to die for. Only when Mrs. Lother insisted did we get to accept this exotic treat.
“Don’t leave food on your plate.” The whole story about starving children in Africa surely didn’t apply to the rubbery liver. My father put portion sizes that he thought we should eat onto our plates, and there was never a choice of not eating it. Choking down those last bites of cabbage or beets could kill a kid…even in Africa.
“Don’t borrow stuff from people.” I always thought this was a stupid rule since all my friends did it. Imagine my horror when after I borrowed a heart necklace from a friend for school pictures, my mother saw the gleaming piece around my neck when the pictures came in. Well, wasn’t that a special surprise. After my butt was set afire for breaking the “don’t borrow stuff” rule, I didn’t borrow anything again while living under my parent’s roof.
“Don’t plan on being a part of adult conversations.” Even though we knew most of the information they discussed as truths over a cup of coffee and Camel cigarettes came from the National Enquirer, there was no voicing our opinions. Why the hell did we bother to listen in current events classes? Thank God we were smart enough not to repeat the National Enquirer truths in class.
I’m sure that as a mother myself I gave my kids more than a handful of “don’ts”, but I’m sure they were good don’ts. At this point I don’t remember, and maybe they don’t either.
What were some of the don’ts you had to deal with? Or did you find your way around them? Share it below.