I recently read a book entitled, “Bad Things My Grandpa Taught Me”. While the book was about the things grandfathers do to get their grandchildren in trouble it also reminded me of some lines of wisdom my parents imparted to me.
Here's your quarter allowance, don't spend it all in one place. Yes at one time in my life I received a quarter for an allowance, but back then a quarter went a long way. You could buy a bottle of soda, then return the bottle and get two cents back. I could buy twenty five pieces of penny candy or a Hershey bar. I could almost get one gallon of gas or a comic book.
The lesson I should have learned. Save your money you might need it later.
Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it a second time. I learned this truth from my father who made me do it myself until I got it right. I also wanted him to know I was trying to do it right the first time but sometimes it just didn't work out that way.
The lesson I should have learned. Be more attentive to what you're doing and you get it done right the first time.
Shut the door, do you live in a barn? I think as children we all must have heard this at least once. You rush in the house to get a drink or something and leave the door open behind you. Sometimes I would respond to my mother's words by saying, “You always tell me not to slam the door,”. My mother would just give me a look. I would then march back and shut the door.
Which reminds me. I used to hate the look from both my mother and father. You know the stare which could either mean you were in big trouble or you needed to listen to what you were being told.