Nov 252012
 

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.

They remember.

What childhood instructions have stayed with you over the years?

By Columba Lisa Smith

  15 Responses to “Memory Programming”

  1. I don’t mind the creases either, but have to make my bed every day. It drives me crazy if it’s not, and it just gets you on the right foot for the day:)

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  2. There is one program I used to love in the UK, I can’t even remember the name but I watched it ever so diligently. It was from that program I learned to fold my towels (and buy white everything from towels to sheets and pillowcases though now I am wanting a pop of color. Creases in sheets though… I can handle!!

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  3. I agree with Rosey. Beauty is only skin deep is one that I remember, and as I get older, it really holds true.

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  4. Well one thing that has stuck with me is being told that my sister and I have a set of rules based on our age and not when other kids we’re doing things. And to this day I base all my kids rules on what I see as age appropriate, not what others are doing

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  5. Everything we say does have a great impact on kids. That’s why we should be extra careful what we say. Congrats on that badge, by the way :)

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  6. Do what you gotta do FIRST, then do what you wanna do.

    That one sticks.

    Another one…beauty is more than skin deep. The older I get, the more I understand it.

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  7. a saying my mom always had was “Its not what you say its HOW YOU SAY IT!” That has stayed with me –and I tell it to my kids a lot!

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