I had a typical mother-daughter relationship with my mother when I was in my teens. I know I drove her nuts. I was sure she just didn't understand how things really were because she grew up in another era. I remember her telling me that the shoe would be on the other foot one day and THEN I would finally get it. She was right. My kids used to have the same argument..when we're young we don't recognize the love that goes into telling us no. We only recognize it when we are faced with doing the same for our own children.
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All the submitted answers are good, but this one about change really stands out to me, because no matter what happens, change will eventually follow. The entire life cycle is about change and renewal. Just love this answer!
There is no substitution for education, that's for sure. And I'm not just talking about the academic kind. Every time something new is learned, we are being educated. Great answer!
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Isn't it amazing how something that seems like a "small" moment, turns into a lesson that applies to a huge area of our lives? I learned the same kind of waste not, want not lessons from my own grandparents who had lived through the Depression.
They're right! I've noticed a little of wrinkle phenomenon myself the last few years. ;)