Tuesday, February 3, 2015


     I don’t get it. Why is it that we of the Silent Generation follow rules that others ignore? We are rule followers. Maybe that’s stupid, but we believe that laws should be obeyed, traffic signals should be honored, trash should be disposed of, people should pick up things they drop in public places, and no one should jump turn styles or sneak in back doors. Have we ever cheated like this in our seven decades? Of course, but generally, we follow the rules. 

     This morning, we were at breakfast at a nice hotel. A man who shook his head multiple times while watching the news, left all his dirty dishes on the table. Everyone else cleared theirs. We determined he was the same man who left his cocktail dishes on the same table the evening before. Why does this annoy me so much? It’s none of my business, but it does.

     We have Stop signs in our development that we don’t necessarily approve of, but we honor them. At least a third of the homeowners just plow right through them. Some of these could even be our friends. I’m sure they think, “No one’s coming; I don’t need to stop, and it’s my neighborhood.” That may be true, but once a rule has been established, it seems to me that it should be followed.

     There are rules, however, that should never have been made and should never be followed, Here are a few:

  1. Don’t sass your husband.
  2. Don’t pull up your bra strap
  3. Don’t short sheet your kid’s bed when he sasses you
  4. Don’t lick the knife (eweuh)
  5. Don’t eat the last serving of deep dish apple pie
  6. Don’r take your husband’s change
  7. Don’t hide the remote when he’s been pissy
  8. Don’t flip off the bitch who’s on her phone two inches from your bumper
  9. Don’t claim innocence when his shirt comes out of the wash pink
  10. Don’t turn on the light when he’s snoring.

After all these years, I’m still wondering where the “rule book” is located.