When I was a young girl, I was a Brownie. I was an indifferent Brownie, with no interest in amassing the yellow project badges that other girls wore regally on their brown uniforms. But I did earn one badge: Housekeeping.
The ironies in my life are endless.
I remember a determined English housewife inviting us girls into her neat, stone cottage, and closely scrutinizing our bed-making efforts.
“Smooth out the sheet! My husband and I don’t want to sleep on that crease!”
It’s a funny thing: to this day, I have smoothed out creases on every bed I’ve made. Her words followed me, whispering their domestic instruction to my inner Brownie, decade after decade. Smooth out the sheet! Heaven forbid that anyone be tormented by a crease under my roof!
Never underestimate the power of an English housewife. And don’t underestimate the power of the important lessons you’re teaching your children.
What childhood instructions have stayed with you over the years?