Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Dear Grandchildren






You are a light in my dark room.  You are a smile that comes from nowhere.  You are a spark of warmth in my heart.  You are a focus of my thoughts and prayers.

You are growing up much faster then your parents, but then I grew up faster than my mom.  It's the way of the world--like it or not.  During this fast paced trip to adultatopia, you--we all--need rules.  Rules are like the railing on a toddlers first bed.  They keep you from falling into places you may not be able to get out of by yourself.

I just thought perhaps you would like to take a look at the rules YOUR mom or dad had to abide by when they were growing up.   I first posted this old list of rules in a letter to my children IN JANUARY 2011--FIND THAT ARTICLE HERE

This time it's for you.  Maybe reading it will give you a greater perspective.  Maybe the rules you now have to abide by won't seem so bad.  Or, for those of you who are out on your own, maybe you will realize rules are always necessary, even if you have to impose them upon yourself.

I made this list of rules way back in 1984. My kids--your mom or dad--were ages 12, 15 & 17.  I think it might make you thankful for the rules your parents have given you.   (Especially the one about the phone!!)              Love, Nana  :)





SUMMER RULES  1984
FRIENDS 
Please do not invite friends in the house when parents are not home.
If you go to someone else’s house, their parents have to be home.
Let us know WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO BE.
No last minute over-nights.

TV
TAKE TURNS deciding what to watch---check schedule in cabinet.
Two hour MAXIMUM daytime TV –this means before 7 PM.
No late night TV except by special permission.  Remember, you are on vacation, but Dad and Mom are not.

TELEPHONE
Sorry, 5 minute limit.  IF YOU BREAK THIS RULE, YOU WILL BE GROUNDED FROM THE PHONE.
Please ask friends not to call before noon.

ROOM
Continue to make your beds daily and keep your room tidy.  YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING UNTIL YOUR ROOM IS IN SHAPE. SO DO IT AS SOON AS YOU GET UP.

YARD
You MUST keep the lawn mowed!  Don’t worry, we’ll take turns.

FOOD
We will continue to have lunch at noon and supper at 4:30.  We are going to take turns fixing lunch, check schedule in cabinet.  You may decide the menu.
CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS IN THE KITCHEN.
You will also take a turn at suppertime chores.  Check schedule.


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