Rules For My Son

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Rules For My Son

I have one son who is 28 years old and married and living his own life. When he was growing up, here are some of the rules that I imparted to him.

1. Never shake a man’s hand while sitting down.
2. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs ain’t one
3. The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer
5. Act like you’ve been there before. Especially in the end zone
6. Request the late check-out, enjoy the destination
7. When entrusted with a secret, keep it
8. Hold your heroes to a higher standard
9. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas
10. Don’t fill up on bread
11. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye
12. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be
13. If you need music on the hiking, you’re missing the point
14. Always open a door for a female
15. You marry the girl, you marry her whole family
16. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath
17. Experience the serenity of traveling alone
18. Never be afraid to ask out the best-looking girl in the room
19. Never turn down a breath mint
20. In a game of HORSE, sometimes a simple free throw will get ’em
21. Give up your seat to someone who needs it more than you
22. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising
23. Thank a veteran. And then make it up to him or her
24. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature
25. Eat lunch with the new kid
26. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it
27. Ask your dad to play. He won’t let you win. You have to earn it
28. See it on the big screen
29. Give credit. Take the blame
30. Write down your dreams
31. You don’t work you don’t eat
32. Look a person in his eyes when you’re talking to them
33. Walk closet to the curb when walking with a female
34. Love your parents and grandparents, they aren’t always going to be there and you don’t get another
35. Say it with your chest all the time!
36. Never break your word
37. Never use a urinal next to another man
38. Learn how to cook. Feed yourself
39. If you walk in your dad’s footsteps, make them bigger!
40. Be a dad to your child
41. Be kind
42. Never go to bed angry
43. Karma is real and she is a bitch
44. Give everyone one chance
45. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
46. It’s OK to make mistakes; it’s not OK to make excuses.
47. Lead, Follow, or get out of the way
48. Take care of your life partner, cherish them, nurture them, and pamper them, never take them for granted
49. Don’t be afraid to admit you are wrong, we are all wrong at some point
50. It is okay to fail, that is how we learn

Father giving himself to his son
Father giving himself to his son

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