Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Because I have nothing...

I

have decided to share some of my favorites from "Black Folks' Little Instruction Book". :-)

9. Start the way you can hold out.

18. Don't let anyone tell you who your leaders are.

19. Never put more than ten barrettes in your daughter's hair at one time.

22. Do not give a child a name that has more than 18 letters in it.

25. No one has appointed you chief of the Black Police. You have no right to judge who is black enough and who isn't.

31. Remember, there is no such thing as "good" hair. If it is yours, it's good.

33. Do not add ed to words that already end in ed.

43. See Roots.

51. Don't be ashamed to admit that you like chitlins.

61. No matter how little Vaseline you put on your legs, they still look like patent leather.

62. Love your lips.

64. CP Time is not an acceptable excuse for lateness. Be prompt.

72. Don't let your fear of racism keep you from following your dreams.

73. When times get tough, rejoice in the knowledge that you are one in a long line of proud, courageous people who have a history of surviving.

75. Specific and Pacific are not the same thing.

77. Never conversate.

87. Your kids will have a number of friends throughout their lives but only one mother and father. Have the courage to be a parent.

90. There may be times in your life when you need more help than your friends and family can provide. Love yourself and see a therapist.

93. Learn how and when to back down in an argument.

96. Take the time to spend time alone.

97. Measure your success only by what you want out of life, not by what other people tell you you should have.

98. Always tell the truth. Few things are more discouraging than realizing you have just lied on your lie.

100. Don't wait for opportunities, make them.

There are 350 "lessons" in this book, but I stopped at 100. Of course, they aren't all only applicable to black people, but some of these things are cultural and black people need to be reminded of them once in a while. :-)


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