i owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. – g. k. chesterton



on a walk

by the detroit river

one cousin

two years older

and wiser

offers the other

a show of support

and perhaps

a small bit of advice.

Whatever advice you give, be short.


51 responses »

  1. Sometimes advice can be a wise wrap of an arm around a shoulder, a cousinly kiss on the cheek, a figurative forget-me-not.

    I want this picture of yours to be on a greeting card, Beth.

    On the Friendship rack.

    Blank inside.

    Write your own advice or just sign it.

    Thanks for sharing this wonder, Peaches.


  2. The best advice I ever got came from an old gambler:
    “Don’t bet the ponies Son.”
    To this day, I have never bet on a horse race.
    I am just that much richer, I must presume…


  3. that’s awesome, Beth. You are in the position to give advice to your students and certainly your grandkids. Do you give much? You seem more the type to observe and learn.


  4. I love the picture and poem. Kids are the best thing ever, aren’t they (unless they’re arrogant or bullying that is)? I just wish I could get mine to realize there is life outside of Netflix and YouTube. I suppose I will have to suck it up, and be a parent, and drag her outside to play, huh?


  5. It’s funny, I was talking to my sister the other day and we had a conversation about this subject. I said “I feel like when ever someone tells me what I ‘should’ do, it’s the wrong thing.” She answered enthusiastically “me too!! I’m just doing what feels right for ME from now on.”
    Great post. Great Quote.


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