DP Daily Prompts:Hand-Me-Downs
Clothes and toys,recipes and jokes,advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs.Tell us some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life.
“Hand-Me-Downs, ” I like this thoughtful and wonderful title.
I have some meaningful hand-me-downs from my Dad and Mom.
These are some I always think about and abide by: One day my Dad came back from work, for some reason he came to my room, I had my books scattered on the floor I was doing my homework, he was not happy to see me on the floor, or do my work in the dark, he turned on the light and said, “never do your work in the dark, you’ll have problem with your eyes.”
I sat up and replied, “All right, Abba.”( Abba is an Arabic word for Dad).
I resumed my work, my Dad smiled and said, “Are you doing your homework?”
I replied, “No Dad,I’m doing my friend’s homework?”
His facial expression immediately changed, he was angry, “Ranu, he said, I do not ever want to hear you’re doing your friend’s homework, my advice to you is do not let anyone take advantage of you.”
After that incidence my Dad was never angry with me.
My Mom had plenty of advice for me, I spent most of my time with her when I wasn’t playing with my siblings.
My Mom was a very religious person she told me stories about the prophet on one of these occasions the subject changed to telling lies, she once told me, “Ranu you should never lie, God will not forgive you, the only time you’d be forgiven is when your life is in danger, another thing back-biting she said was a serious sin, you must never talk about other people, if they are mean, ignore them, she also said otherwise their sins will fall on your shoulders.”
I know these from when I was six years old. Do I remember these, I do most of the time but when people are mean I cannot help talking about them.
The above are the hand-me-downs I treasure because they were advice from my parents.
I like your perspective of advice as “hand-me-downs”.
I thought these were the best,clothes,toys were not important, but my parents advice was something that stayed with me forever.
Thank you for this post. I am very much enjoying reading about your mother and father.
All good wishes,
Thank you Robert.