Eighteen years ago today, Kyra Rose appeared in the early morning hours at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kansas. The years have slipped by somehow and now we are celebrating her entry into legal adulthood. She can vote, sign her own paperwork and join the military. The most important legal advice I have is to remember ignorance of federal, state and local laws is not a defense in a court of law. Rules of engagement for a productive adult we all want to be around are the rules of civility, etiquette, fairplay and commonsense.
Some of my personal favorites:
Please, thank you and your welcome are always appropriate.
Listen to your elders, including your parents. Their opinion might make your list of viable options.
Think global, act local.
Respect the environment.
Continuing education is never wasted.
Bosses are always correct, not always right, just correct.
Think before you act.
Be the change you want to see.
Doing the same thing over and over will get the same results. If you want different results, change it up a little or a lot.
Fake it till you make it.
Love your Grandma.
Friends are important; siblings are forever.
Sometimes being good enough is all we get.
Remember when you were 17, waiting for this big day. When I was 18, I could still buy 3.2 beer. A friend and I bought a Coors six-pack at the Kwik Shop on the corner of Chester and Sardou in my Oakland neighborhood. I choked down half a can and ended up pouring the rest out on the dirt road where we went to drink our no longer clandestine beverage. One of life’s little lessons: pre-purchase taste testing is a good thing. My Uncle Ed might have given me a taste of beer if I had only stopped by his house earlier in the day.
The day Kyra was born; my mother drove my grandmother to welcome the 8 hour old precious baby girl into our family. Five generations gathered in the hospital room April 22, 1993. My cup of gratitude was overflowing as we shared the day with Jami and Kyra.
Happy Birthday, Kyra Rose.…….
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