One day not too long ago..2 Australian mamas were sitting on a back deck, sipping wine.. and talking up all the oxygen available.. when the conversation turned to life lessons.. and what they thought were the ones that certainly and without doubt needed to be learned. The two teenage daughters of the 2 mamas were, in turn, amazed, amused, and repulsed, by the words of wisdom tumbling forth from the mamas' mouths. These are, in no particular order, those words.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Never belittle someone who has a passion for tropical fish, stamps, trainspotting or the history of pipe organs in Eastern Europe (***see "indulge your love of old movies, crochet, darts, regardless of whether they are "in". ")

If your friend is undertaking a project that is near and dear to them, then be interested, even if it is about pipe organs in Eastern Europe.

If a toe nail turns a funny colour, fix it before you end up with 9 toenails.

Know you will feel a little envious when your friends lose weight, get a fabulous job, meet the perfect partner.  This is ok, just don't wallow in it or show them.

Know that you will feel smug when your friends gain weight, lose a fabulous job, or get dumped by their fabulous partner. This is ok, just don't wallow in it or show them.

Learn to say "Congratulations!", "I'm sorry" and "How can I help?" and mean it.

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