- If you are doing nothing, please say, What can I do to help you, Mother Dear? (The Mother Dear part makes a difference, but the what can I do to help is the essential ingredient.)
- Develop the habit of closing the kitchen cabinet doors every time you open them.
- Unsolicited compliments get you bonus points. If I am wearing lipstick or a clean shirt, tell me how beautiful I look even if you don't think so. Obviously, I tried and this is the best you're gonna get.
- Turn off a light sometimes.
- Say Thank You, ever.
- Surprise me (and not the jumping-out-from-behind-the-door-in-a-dark-room kind or the in-the-diaper kind, thank you).
- Never say about my cooking, Wow. This is great. What happened? That is not a compliment.
- Watch how easily the toilet flushes with only three or four squares of toilet paper.
- If you pour a glass of milk, drink the whole thing. Those cows are working hard--believe me; I know!
- These phrases are bad for your health: She made me. I can't help it. Get Out! (And I'm not talking about the Elaine kind of sarcastic Get Out!) or I never get to do Anything!
- Know that you're mother loves you above all else.
- It is my job to grow you into respectable, responsible, intelligent adults, so listen up.
With all my love,