Recently she has also written a book Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter and it is one of those reads that you pick up and can't stop sifting through.
It's full of those wonderful funny things in life that you don't think about but seeing them in written form makes you laugh out loud or feel wistful.I would like to live close to Jamie me and be her friend. Although I probably wouldn't live up to all those pieces of wisdom I get the feeling she would understand.
I thought the excerpt on the inside of her book jacket said it well. "Through modern and atypically witty, Prudent Advice overflows with insight this is occasionally time-honored (There is no substitute for baking soda), sometimes tactical (Anytime you are debating whether to shower or not, take the shower), and other times incredibly profound (When something tragic happens to someone you care about, do not ignore them just because you don't know what to say).
Here are a few of my favorite excerpts from her book. I gave my little thoughts after each one.
80 Not everyone is going to like you, and that's just fine.
Me: Ain't that the truth. I struggle with this one at times.
176 A Wrap Dress is Universally flattering
Me: No Kidding.
348 Pack a bathing suit. You never know when the opportunity to swim might present itself.
Me: I've kept one in my trunk ever since I first owned a car. And every time I've used it, it's felt soooo good.
438 Be the second person to leave the party, never the first.
Me: This is one rule I follow well.
98 If you haven't worn it in a year, give it away. Exceptions to this rule include jewelry and wedding dresses.
Me: I've done this recently. It's changed my life! And my closet space.
51 If you flip other drivers off on the road, you will usually feel stupid afterward.
Me: As a teenager I learned this one the hard way.
244 If you don't have money to buy an extravagant gift for someone special, bake!
Me: I've practiced this too. Only replace 'bake' with 'sew'.
280 The first stall is always the cleanest. I've heard that people half-consciously assume that the first stall in a public restroom is dirty and consequently skip it, so it actually remains more sanitary.
Me: GOOD TO KNOW!
242 Your future together is not a great subject to discuss on a first date.
Me: Hah! I've never done this but it made me laugh.
Thanks Jaime for writing down all those pieces of wisdom. I think I will definitely give this to my daughter to look over when she becomes a teenager.
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