Growing up, if there was one thing I knew for certain it was the Ten Commandments. You know:
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that was thy neighbor's.”
If these were not enough to live by or scare me straight, there were always the Commandments According to Mother. Like the wisdom in:
“Letting sleeping dogs lie.” As a child, I wasn’t sure what this meant. As an adult, I realized that “letting sleeping dogs lie” meant refraining from bringing up old issues in arguments. Doing so certainly helps to keep the peace. An added incentive? Not awakening a dog that was sleeping helps prevent you from getting bitten by the said dog.
And the life lessons kept on coming, courtesy of Mother:
Frankly, the one that really ticked me off was “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”. What a shame. I have always loved a good cake as well as a good pie.
-Author Carol Gee
Retired military Air Force Veteran, Author, Columnist and Motivational Speaker
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