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By Beth Vrabel
As a mother, most of my day is spent teaching, everything from how to zipper a jacket to why we say “thank you.”
But I never realized just how much my children would teach me.
Here are a few life lessons, courtesy of Emma, 5 (“and three-quarters”), and Benny, 2.
· Dandelions are beautiful.
· The cure for sadness is twirling, if you do it fast enough.
· Everything tastes better with cheese or chocolate on top. Just not both.
· If you’re feeling miserable, chances are you’re hungry, you’re tired or you smell bad.
· If you see a ball, you should kick it or throw it. It might end up being an orange, but you should try anyway.
· Ants are amazing.
· Even though Mama tells you an ant won’t come back to life if you accidentally-on-purpose step on it, you still should put it on a tissue paper pillow and sing it a song. Just in case.
· Puddles are meant to be jumped in, even if you are wearing brand-new sneakers.
· Sometimes, if you want to be happy, you should just laugh. Eventually, other people will laugh with you and then it won’t sound so weird.
· If someone is your size, he is your friend. If he’s bigger or smaller than you, he is your friend, too.
· When someone is mean, stop playing with him.
· Fairies are real.
· Nightmares are real, too, until you tell someone about them. Then they stop.
· Horses, dust bunnies and worms are creepy up close. So is Santa.
· If you’re going to build a castle, you’re going to have to sit down in the sand.
· When you love someone, you should sit as close as possible to her.
· Sometimes you just need a hug from your mom.
Beth Vrabel lives York County, Pa., with her children, Emma, 5, and Benny, 2.