Life Lesson #343: Always open the yogurt carton away from you. Life Lesson #122: If you get dressed before you brush your teeth, you will get little white spots all over your clothes. These are a …
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Life Lesson #343: Always open the yogurt carton away from you. Life Lesson #122: If you get dressed before you brush your teeth, you will get little white spots all over your clothes.
These are a couple of life lessons I have learned over the years. When I asked some of you about yours, I was both educated … and amused by what you shared.
For example, Geri – with whom I shared a brief stint training with the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan nearly 10 years ago – recommends keeping a change of clothes in your backpack instead of your carry-on. Some flights require you to check carry-ons, and a long delay or layover are much more bearable with clean clothes!
Other travel lessons include this important one from Keri: Always have a paper map with you in case your phone dies while you are in the middle of nowhere. Kat’s learned to unlock the steering of her motorcycle before she takes off on a ride.
Food lessons also cropped up. Rick says – inexplicably, to me – to eat only one donut per day (if you eat any donuts at all). In a couple of learned-the-hard-way lessons, Karl warns us never to fry bacon while naked, and Elaine says never swing a stick around to snuff your burning marshmallow … you can’t begin to image how badly that can turn out.
Other such critical life lessons come from Dave – never squat with your spurs on – and this from Doug: Don’t buy and wear new running socks for a race. John says he learned that swallowing a lighted pack of matches might impress the girls in college, but it will also definitely upset your stomach.
If you have pets, you can probably identify with Dixie, who reminds us not to pet the cat or dog right as we leave for work. Becki’s learned that her short-legged little dog will whine to get on the bed just as she begins to fall asleep.
Recounting a personal experience, Patty warns us – when it’s below zero and icy out – not to pick up your dog’s business because you could fall and break a wrist. And then there’s Ann: Do not hug someone with both of your arms when you are holding a bag of your dog’s business in one of your hands.
I’m with Molly on this one – Murphy’s Law is real.
Scarlet, my lovely eight-year-old friend, says she’s learned that if you go into the forest, you’ll get dirt all over you (and it’s fun!). Elaine relates another forest life lesson that log booms in a lake are invisible in the dark.
I wish I had learned this one earlier in life – Amanda says that just because something looks cute on a toddler, it doesn't mean it will look cute on you.
Then there are the life lessons that help make someone else’s life sweeter, easier. My nephew Joel quotes Ingrid Bergman: Happiness is good health and a bad memory. Keri reminds us to be kind to everyone – even rude people – because you never know what other people are going through.
And, as a final reminder that we are all in this together, Molly and I also share my Life Lesson #1004: I get by with a little help from my friends.
Andrea Doray is a writer who thinks Tom’s life lesson may be one of the best: If you see a turtle on a fence post, someone probably put it there. Share your life lessons with Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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