Parents seem full of (unsolicited) advice, life philosophies, and words of wisdom. Although these sayings may often bring us to roll our eyes or restart the old debate, sometimes they really ring true, be it many weeks/months/years later.
Please share a saying or tip that an adult once told you that you found be quite accurate later on. (Or share a “horror” story about advice gone wrong, such as how my 4th grade teacher told us to hold our breath whenever passing a cemetery or risk lost souls invading our bodies... I don’t think I was the only one who held her breath for even years afterward!)
When i was younger, my mother and i would often fight about the clothes i wore. i was something of a goth in high school. i also have a penchant for really short skirts. Often, my mother would exclaim, "Ai-yahhhh!!!" Then she'd launch into some tirade about how stupid I looked.
Well, i'm 25 now, and i still see teens wearing what i wore when in high school (funny how Hot Topic isn't out of style yet), and I'm seeing it. My clothes looked absolutely ridiculous. Sorry folks, but it's true. My mother was right. Us goths look silly.
I've settled on baggy jeans and baby-tees for my weekends. I dress in business casual for work, which means I shop at Ann Taylor now. But my mother approves, so she doesn't "Ai-ya!" nearly as much anymore.
My mom and dad both used to tell me to stop complaining about school and work before I was 18, and to stop wishing my life away, because when I am 18 and out of school, and get a taste of the real world, I will wish I were 16 again, and didn't have to worry about bills, money, etc.
Its funny because every morning when I drop my brother off at school on my way to work, along with my neighbor and my cousin, they complain about "going back to that dump" and I find myself saying the same thing my parents told me when I was their age:
"You better enjoy it while you can because when you're my age, You're gonna wish you were back in high school again and not having to pay all of those bills!"
My mom is the kind of shopper who can stand in an aisle for about 15 minutes, comparing prices to find the cheapest brand of toilet paper. I used to make fun of her for that and proceed to throw 'my' brand of toothpast/shampoo/whatever into the cart, regardless of the fact that it was two bucks more expensive than perfectly useful no-name products.
The first thing I noticed upon living on my own was that it does make a huge difference if you shop around for the best price. Consequently, I now spend large amounts of time comparing prices, as well. My mom really enjoyed her "I told you so" moment when she first noticed.
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