My insanely talented and brilliant friend Annie is doing the greatest thing on her blog right now. Her oldest daughter just graduated from high school and is heading to college this fall. In honor of that occasion, Annie has been writing what she calls "Liner Notes." In her words:
With the first of my children leaving home in the next few months, I'm writing occasional Liner Notes, bits of advice to my kids concerning my take on how to be a gracious, awesome grown-up-type person (both trivial bits and major advice). Why "liner notes"? Because, back in the day, I pored over the liner notes of my cds, curious to find the story behind the music. That's what I hope this will be: the story behind the music of growing up and setting off on your own. (Or at least a ready-made catalog of how you can avoid making my mistakes.) Feel free to chime in! What would you add?
I've loved reading her advice to her kids. Some favorites:
2. Never get your hair cut in the midst of an emotional crisis or on the day of a big event. Haircuts, like guns & new hiking boots, need at least a 5-day waiting/breaking-in period. 'Nuf said.
3. If you're going to do it anyway, you might as well skip over the complaining and just do it cheerfully. This is closely related to your great-great grandmother's saying that has trickled down through the ages: be pretty if you are, be witty if you can, but be cheerful if it kills you.