Things I learned from my mom:
-that it really doesn't matter how poor you are, you can always, ALWAYS afford coffee.
-that your home in the winter should be warm enough to wear shorts and a tank top, and that wearing slippers and a sweater to save on heating bills is ludicrous.
-that there is no such thing as "going too far" when it comes to pulling pranks and making fun of people.
-that watching the road while driving is optional, especially when you're looking at a book or spying on a daughter and her friends.
-that you're never too old to watch Bugs Bunny, and laugh.
Things I learned from my dad:
-that problems fade away with the sound of music.
-that the head is a very resilient thing, and can withstand a huge picture frame, the corner of an open cupboard and a loose fence board.
-that laughing at yourself is easy.
-that laughing at people who can't laugh at themselves, is even easier.
-that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, that you're kind of always in a state of waiting for the rubber to meet the road, that you should never throw the baby out with the bathwater, that you shouldn't count your chickens before they hatch, that the proof, is always in the pudding, and that it doesn't matter if your daughter has NO idea what your sayings mean, you should still say them.
Things I learned from my sister:
-it doesn't matter how much of an expert at avoiding you are , your laundry will NEVER go away on it's own.
-that sometimes, it's okay to avoid all responsibilities and spend all day in the sun.
-that keeping a poker face when someone is digging their finger nails into your skin and shaking with rage is hard, but possible.
-that people who talk in movie quotes are cooler than people who don't.
-that laugh attacks are best when followed up with puking, coughing, gagging, and someone getting physically hurt.
Things I learned from my husband:
-that people will think you're busy and productive if you just keep moving, even if moving means twitching, jumping or shaking your leg uncontrollably.
-that knowing a tiny bit about a subject does not make you an expert, and that saying "I don't know" is surprisingly easy.
-that it's possible to reach the top of a flight of stairs in one step.
-that it's also likely one will hurt themselves if one tries.
-that you can still sing a song that you don't know the words to, by simply making it up as you go.
-that you're never too old to have a Lego magazine subscription, and you can always say it's for your kids if people ask.
Things I learned from my daughter:
-that telling a good story means you include every single detail, such as what everyone was wearing, where everyone was standing, what was happening around the people involved in the story, what the weather was like at the time of the story, and if people lose interest in the story, it's best to just keep going.
-that eating two heaping spoon fulls of straight garlic will not kill you.
-that every possession is special and has a meaning and sentiment.
-that walking around and around and around the coffee table over and over while talking on the phone is fun, and good exercise.
Things I learned from my son:
-that cleaning your room is optional.
-that sitting still is optional.
-that being quiet is optional.
-that listening is optional.
-that having fun is more important than anything in the world.
-that it really doesn't matter what people think, it's okay to be you, even if you're a freak.