Rules are Rules

2 January 2013

When Secretary of State, John Kerry, ran for President in 2004, his forever outspoken wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, was asked during an interview what advice she’s given her husband while on the campaign trail.  She shared the prototypical rules like “speaking from the heart” and being “honest” but it was this golden nugget that had me nodding in agreement “never allow yourself to be photographed while dancing.” Unless of course you’re Fred Astaire, freeze framed + dancing up a storm  =  disjointed often-sweaty awkwardness.

I’m sure everyone can attest to a set of rules passed down in their family, from generation to generation. A few notable gems from my parents include, “never ride in the back of a pickup truck” and “never date anyone with two first names.”   When asked the reasoning behind said rules, I was given answers like “because I said so,” and “I’m your mother.”

The blog turned book “Rules for my Unborn Son” by Walker Lamond is a collection of traditional, humorous, and urbane fatherly advice for boys. From the sartorial (“If you are tempted to wear a cowboy hat, resist”) to the practical (“If you have to make more than one substitution  order something else on the menu”) to even a few hangover cures (“There is no better remedy than a dip in the ocean”), the book of rules and accompanying quotations is quite simply an instruction manual for becoming a Good Man – industrious, thoughtful, charming, and of course, well-dressed.

Boys will be boys and boys need rules, here are a few of my favorites from the blog along with an excerpt from the book.

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Any sure-fire advice you’d give to your son? What about your daughter?  🙂

featured image: JFK + JFK Jr. October 1963. The White House,  Photograph by Cecil Stoughton.

  • Carol

    So much great advice! Yesterday, a friend of mine offered some advice I thought perfect–and not just for the new year, but for the world as it is right now:
    1) Use what you have, and 2) Begin.

  • Leah

    You realize you are a family rule-breaker right?