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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Writer's Workshop: Rules I've "Unlearned"

For MamaKat's Writer's Workshop this week I chose:

4.) List 10 rules you’ve unlearned (meaning 10 things you thought were expected of you or were the “right way” of doing things, but that you now ignore).

So, here it is,

Things I've "unlearned":

1- Always tie your shoes.  Yeah right.  I never have shoes that tie or else I'm barefoot. My kindergarten teacher almost didn't pass me because I wouldn't tie my shoes until I had to.

2- You must have at least a master's degree.  I really struggled with this one.  I finished my bachelor's by the time I was 21, but then fell in love and got married.  Now realize I shouldn't waste the money if I'm not actually going to "work"!
3- Career first.  I didn't really struggle with this one.  When the Foreign Service lost all the scores from the group I took my tests in I saw it as a sign.  That was the only job I'd ever wanted.  I never was able to find a "perfect" job to make a career before I had my first kiddo, and now they are my career. 
4- Iron your clothes.  Ha!  My hubby won't let me iron his clothes if that tells you anything about my superior homemaking skills.

5- Let a baby cry.  Sorry, I honestly did try this with our first (and I cried harder than she did.)  Just can't do it.  Plus, my kids are as stubborn as I am and wouldn't stop crying for hours.  Really.

6- You must have every food group with every meal.  (humph)
7- Always be strong, don't rely on someone else.  This was an entirely self-inflicted rule.   I realized a few years into our marriage that I could rely on my guy.  I didn't always have to be in charge or looking out for me to happy.  We could look out for each other too.

8- If you can't do something right, don't do it.  Who'd ever get anything done?
9- Always finish what you start.
10-  :)

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Poppy said...

I can't imagine letting a baby cry it out. The thought of it makes me lactate and I haven't breast fed for several years :) I think this advice must have been give and followed way before baby monitors were invented....

Kathy G said...

You are hilarous, I enjoyed reading and agree, and I don't like ..hate to iron!!!

Kathy G said...

BTW, I grew up in Costa Rica.

panamamama said...

Cool, Kathy! We were neighbors! :)

panamamama said...

Poppy- I know! Think that was the hardest part. Breastfeeding moms can't stand to hear ANY baby cry, let alone their own! I still get twinges myself and my breast have been useless for 3 yrs now.

alicia said...

Great post. Now you have me thinking of all my unlearned things. Hmmm...

amy said...

great list. i need to unlearn several of them. Especially the last two.

Summer said...

You are ha-larious! I don't like to iron at all!

Have a great weekend girlie
Summer :0)

Tired Mom Tésa said...

I love un-learning. Sometimes it just makes life so much more fun, like in the instance of barefeet. How can they not be fun?

Unknown Mami said...

I think you are brilliant! And I love the last photo.

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