Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I Bet She's Thirteen, Whadda You Bet?

I read this in the "Ask Marilyn" column this past weekend:

"My Mom says I'm a know-it-all. Do you have any advice on how to be smart but not disliked?" P. Thomas, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Marilyn said:

"Yes. Don't correct someone unless the matter is serious, and don't give advice unless you're asked. This holds true whether you're smart or not."

I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this. The mental picture I got of what P. Thomas looks like; it HAS to be a thirteen year old girl, hands on her hips, rolling her eyes, getting in the last word while sassing her mom and fighting with her 11 year old brother. Been there, done that. More than once actually.

And Marilyn's advice? I can use a reminder of that myself, can't you?


Sarah said...

Hey, if she's 13 and her brother's 11, that means the sassy girl in question would be LESLIE, not me!! Hooray--even if it was only in theory :)

Gretchen said...

Oh...the wonder years. Not always so wonderful.

I think I needed that advice, too. But I'm not glad about that, for I like to be right. :)

Barb said...

Yes ma'am, especially the part about not giving advice unless you're asked. It took me a while to learn that one. :-)

Sarah cracks me up. The sibling rivalry - it truly never ends. LOL

pendy said...

I read that Sunday and thought the same thing!

Kelly said...

13.... or based on recent observations around my house, even 12 with a 10 year old sister:-)

(And Barb's comment about sibling rivalry never ending really cracked me up!)