Parents today have a multitude of resources at their fingertips – books, magazines, podcasts, websites, DVDs, and family counselors. But sometimes, the best advice is the simplest. Here’s a sampling of the simplest and the best advice I’ve ever gotten from members of my family.
Work Ethic – Show Up On Time and Be Neat
My dad’s a farmer, so work clothes are pretty basic most of the time. I worked for him as a teen spraying weeds from atop a long bar attached to the front of a small tractor. We mostly had family members riding the bean bar, but occasionally another local kid got to ride for a few days.
It was then that Dad had a conversation about work ethic with these two elements – show up on time and be neat. I sometimes forgot that Dad worked in Washington D.C. at a desk job for a while, also spent plenty of time in college around professors. He couldn’t understand why kids, even for the bean bar job, would show up late or with unkempt scraggly hair. Being late or physically unprepared showed a lack of respect. He didn’t wear a tie to work, but he sure taught me how disgusted employers are when workers don’t take their job or appearance seriously.
Always Have A Little Color On Your Lips
Mom always has some lipstick around in her purse no matter where she’s going. She’s not vain, just fair skinned. I sometimes thought that got a little too fussy. I mean, who cares at the small town grocery store anyway? Plus, I tan easily – is it really worth it to bother having that on me at all times?
Welcome to the thirties decade of my life – practically zero lip color. While I still do tan somewhat easily, I can see that my mom didn’t just use lipstick to offset her freckles and fair skin. I look like a ghost if I don’t have just a smidge of color added to my lips. Even worse, I look like I just don’t give a damn about me or …