As the New Year approaches let us all make a resolution to be nice and civilized in 2015. We will also make a resolution to teach the teens and younger adults in our lives to do the same.
Good taste and manners is what differentiates us from those people who are considered somewhat lower than us on the evolutionary scale.
There are things we do not do.
- Do not wear push up bras to the gym.
- Do not try to dress sexy at the gym.
- Do not bring babies to movie theaters.
- Do not worry if someone ignores you at a party. Their existence doesn’t count.
- Do not pay attention your cell phone while dining with others.
- Do not pay attention to your cell phone while you are on a date or at a business meeting.
- Do not let your dog sniff crotches. He can sniff dog butt but that is all.
- Get your dog fixed.
- Always show respect to your teachers (even if you do not like them). The rewards will be great.
This list could go on and on. It is just part of my chore as someone who writes about parenting young adults and scolding older adults.
Dear Vampires, you also have to mind your manners. Make it a goal in 2015 to follow proper etiquette.
- Use proper hygiene. You’re a Vampire not a Zombie. Nobody likes to be around someone who smells dead. For that matter nobody likes to be around someone who looks dead. The same goes for Regular Humans and Werewolves.
- Never be a bore. Nobody like to be around someone everyone wishes was dead.
- Don’t talk in an Eastern European accent unless you are from Eastern Europe.
- Be neat. Blood stains are a bitch to get out of carpets and clothing.
- Age has nothing to do with maturity. Just because you’re 400 years old doesn’t give you the right to be an immature jerk.
- Don’t be creepy.
- Don’t lurk around.
- Don’t stalk. If you like a girl just go up and say hello. Don’t stand by her bed late at night and stare at her.
- Don’t take advantage of Regular Humans. Just take what you need and get out of there.
- Always be polite and use good manners. You already know that you’re better than everyone else so act that way. And I don’t mean by being a snob.
- Be a person everyone wants to be around. That way you’ll never go hungry.
I came home to finish up this post after going for a walk with my kids. We went about a mile away, away from the trees and the neighborhood to the local Starbucks. Along the way we talked. The subjects ran from over population, to religion, to manners, to dogs, to good friends, to relationships, to cities my lovelies would live in when they grow up and go out on their own. We saw the snow on the mountains in the distance and decided we’re in a pretty good place right now. But one day they will spread their wings and discover the world on their own. I told them about some of my hopes and dreams and things I almost did. They said I have an adventurous spirit. They were surprised by some of my youthful adventures and dreams. I still have dreams and plenty of adventures ahead of me. You have to. Everyone has to.
So to add to the list of things above, here are a few more:
- Keep talking with your kids.
- Listen to their dreams.
- Keep having your own dreams.
- Keep having your own adventures.
- And don’t be afraid when your kids want to have adventures. Let them fly. Let them live their lives. They’ll be safe because you raised them right. I hope you raised them right.
- Treasure your time with them. Treasure the small things. The walks, the talks over coffee, the time spent piled up on the couch together, the times watching funny dog videos or shopping or going to the local museum… all of the times. It all matters. It is all well spent.
- Love well. Love a lot.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman