From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

September 8

As teenagers, our children didn’t always come right out and tell us where we, their parents, were going wrong. Instead, they had tricky little ways of reminding us that they were capable of outgrowing childhood.

When my husband and I had made the decision to go out of town for the weekend, I naturally left a long list of reminders. When we returned home, the kids were at school, but they had left a note that read:

Dear Mom,

Unpack your suitcase.

Have supper ready for us at six.

Call the cleaner.

Have clean clothes for Tom to wear to school tomorrow.

Keep Sam Hill off Corbins’ lawn.

Make us some cookies, but not with coconut.

Change the bedding.

Don’t spend too much time on the phone. We might be trying to call you to bring us something we forgot.

Don’t wash Kathy’s T-shirt. She prefers it the way it is.

Write a check for Gerry’s music lesson.

If a stranger comes to the door, let him in. The dishwasher broke, and someone will need to fix it.

Love, Gerry and Kathy

Margaret Hill

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