Guidance from the Fridge

I bought a new refrigerator, which was delivered today. When I pulled the old fridge from the wall, bracing for what wonders were behind/beneath it, I found the list called “Golden Rules for Living.”

Ann Landers created the list. I cut it out and attached it to the refrigerator some time in the ’90s, hoping it would help to guide my then-teenaged son in the good citizenship arena.

Not sure if he ever even read it, but perhaps you will. I still like the advice.

Golden Rules for Living

  1. If you open it, close it.
  2. If you turn it on, turn it off.
  3. If you unlock it, lock it up.
  4. If you break it, admit it.
  5. If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.
  6. If you borrow it, return it.
  7. If you value it, take care of it.
  8. If you make a mess, clean it up.
  9. If you move it, put it back.
  10. If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.
  11. If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.
  12. If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions

Since the new refrigerator is stainless steel, all the photos, quips, cartoons, reminders and guidance that were magneted to the old fridge will need a new home. Stay tuned.

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2 comments so far

  1. Brooke Shambley on

    I also love the Golden Rules for Living. Here’s my little history lesson of the day. The author of the Golden Rules for Living is Miriam Hamilton Keare who sent it into Ann Launders in the 1950′s. Very cool history 🙂

    If you open it, close it.

    If you turn it on, turn it off.

    If you unlock it, lock it up.

    If you break it, admit it.

    If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.

    If you borrow it, return it.

    If you value it, take care of it.

    If you make a mess, clean it up.

    If you move it, put it back.

    If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.

    If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.

    If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions.

  2. fran.sansalone on

    Thanks, Brooke; always glad to credit the author!


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