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A Few Small (And Large) Things I Learned From My Brother

A Few Small (And Large) Things I Learned From My Brother

  1. Be creative with nicknames.  For instance, if your mother doesn’t want you to call your little sister Ape because it sounds like a reference to, well, an Ape, think of something more creative.  Like Goose.  Because that makes sense.
  2. You can never use, “ya know,” too many times in a conversation.
  3. Always park so there is plenty of room for the passenger to get out.
  4. When people speak with their hands, you may want to get out of the way.
  5. Speak up.  People can’t understand when you mumble.  Especially on the phone.
  6. Keep an eye out for bicyclists and pedestrians on the road.
  7. Don’t ride your bike while intoxicated.  This can create physical problems and incessant teasing from others for an undetermined amount of time.
  8. When someone asks for a ride, they may mean to more than one place.
  9. At the grocery store, make sure the bagger has put the eggs with the bread.  It is a sign of a good bagger.  Otherwise, your eggs may break.  If they haven’t done this, move things around in your bags to make sure your eggs are with your bread.
  10. Always keep a sense of humor.  Even if other people don’t get your jokes, if they make you laugh, they’re worth it.
  11. If someone asks to move a 500 gallon aquarium into your basement and says they will be by to take care of the enormous fish occupying the aquarium, they won’t.
  12. Always look someone in the eye when saying, “I love you,” or, “Thank you.”  Be sure they heard you.  Really heard you.
  13. Be a hard worker, a loyal friend, a loving child and a supportive sibling.
  14. Be forgiving, but keep your dignity.
  15. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.”
  16. “Love is stronger than death.”

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