Growing up, I had the luxury of spending every Summer in New Hampshire with my grandparents. During the day, Gramma worked, so Grampa Joe took care of me. We did everything together. We went fishing, ran errands, cleaned the house, and went on long walks with the dog. He let me sing for him, (only on the commercials,) and he listened to my stories, (boy could I tell 'em.) He also never missed a chance to teach me important things in life:
1. "If you insist on wearing those noisy shoes, take them off in the house, so they don't drive me crazy!"
2. "Watch your finger when you bait the hook, or just let me do it."
3. "You're a lady, you don't walk on the outside of the street, let the gentleman walk there."
4. "Don't tumble in a dress unless you want to show off your lady things."
5. "Don't eat after the dog!"
6. "You can be an actress, if you want, but it will be hard work, and not much chance of making it, so make sure you have a backup plan."
7. "If you make the bed, right when you get up, you're more likely to get it done."
8. "When adults are talking, listen. Don't talk until it's your turn."
9. "Find a boy that doesn't make you work for his love."
10. "Someday, everyone will see how smart and beautiful you are, until then, you know it."
My grandfather died when I was 15, but the last thing he told me, came 2 years later in a dream. He said to me, "I've always watched over you, but now, you have a good man to love you and keep you safe. I'm leaving now." That morning, I awoke feeling content, and I made my vows to Bear.
♪Sunrise, Sunset, sunrise, sunset swiftly flow the days♪ (fiddler on the roof)
Inspired by, Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop prompt: A lecture you still remember.