With both of our daughters graduating this spring—Caroline from high school and Elizabeth from eighth grade at our close-knit parochial school—our calendar is crowded with special events that mark those transitions.
Lest we take it all too seriously, our girls cracked us up by sharing some of the little life lessons they’ve learned. I’m not quite sure what it says about our parenting, but they are certainly two strong young women with a sense of humor! Here are a few of their gems:
- Life is one thing after another ... and craziness is the same dang thing over and over again.
- Everything has a cycle—seasons, friendships, homework—but some last longer than others.
- The louder someone is talking, the less they have to say.
- No matter how much you want something, it has to be meant to be to happen ... you can’t force it. Things that are meant to be are meant to be.
- Don’t spread peanut butter on jelly; spread jelly on peanut butter. In other words, doing things in the right order makes a difference.
- If you have to talk about how good you are, you’re probably not that great.
- Always do the right thing—even when no one is looking.
- There is right and wrong—and compromise isn’t a part of either word.
- Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.
All of us would lead happy lives if we took these truisms to heart. Caroline will pack them with her as she heads to Kansas State, and Elizabeth will rely on them as she heads to high school—and hopefully, all of us keep smiling.
- Late Spring 2013