Tom and Mike were once guests at a baby shower in Washington DC. The mother-to-be invited her guests to write down a personal motto on slips of paper. These she would save in a glass jar, ready to share with her new born when he or she attained adulthood.
Never buy art on holiday.
Never drink cheap brandy.
History does not relate how the child turned out, or whether he or she followed this valuable advice. Me, I live by these wise words.
In preparation for upcoming baby showers in Armenia, I am compiling my own list of life lessons learned. Other well-wishers will restrict themselves to աչքդ լինի լինի archkad looys lini.
May your eyes light up
or առողջ բալիկ լինի aroch balik lini
May the child be healthy
but I will be sharing the following well-meant advice.
- Never wear white sandals in mulberry season. Not if you want to show a clean pair of heels.
- Every wash day, be grateful you live in Hayastan. Here, quilt covers are well-designed, with a large diamond hole cut in the middle of the top side. Think of the hours you save while the rest of the people of Europe are wrestling with the corners of their duvets.
- Yogurt is great for the skin. The women in my house lather it on and let it dry. Then they wash it off with warm water. It’s good for getting rid of spots, and for soothing sunburn. They all have lovely complexions, so I know this works.