1. The world has plenty of horror and sadness and death and mutilation in it. I don’t need to dirty my soul one bit more by reading fiction that delves deep into those subjects. All I need to do is read a newspaper. Does that limit my reading options? Yes. Do I care? No.
2. Life is too short and there are too many good books out there to stick to my old policy of finishing a book once I start it. If I’m not into the book by the third chapter, I’m onto another one.
3. Smoking is not only very bad for your health, it makes you stink and it makes you look older than you really are.
4. Tanning is not only very bad for your health, it makes you look older than you really are.
5. Women who were beauties when they were in their prime have a harder time getting old(er) than women like me do.
6. Children learn by example. When frustrated, I can easily blow my cool and act downright childish: screaming, whining and wanting to throw things. My eldest acts the same way. I wonder who he’s been watching? It is one of my character flaws most in need of repairing.
7. It is a waste of time for teenage girls and young women to obsess about parts of their bodies. In my case, I spent entirely too much time worrying about having fat thighs. I wore jeans on the hottest days of the year because I thought I looked fat in shorts. Maybe I did, but I looked dumber in jeans than I ever would have looked fat in shorts. I wish I could impart this one piece of knowledge to Sam and have her be satisfied with who she is at a much younger age than I was at peace with my looks.
8. The eighth thing I know? No matter what I say to Sam or the boys, they’ll take their own damn time reaching the conclusion that they’re fine just the way they are.
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