Thursday, April 25, 2013

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from a Lighthouse

About twenty years ago, I parodied the popular "Everything I Ever Needed to Know..." piece by Robert Fulghum, but with a lighthouse theme. My spinoff appeared in Lighthouse Victuals & Verse (out of print) and The Lighthouse Activity Book (coming back in print soon and shown below). The parody has been a fun piece to share. When I talk to groups, I ask foir additions. Here it is. Add a line or two of your own--

Stand up straight and be proud of who you are. Always look on the bright side. Take the stairs; it's better for your health. Aim high. Don't look down. It's okay to wear horizontal stripes. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Never fall down on the job. If you want to be noticed, look conspicuous. Don't look conspicuous during a thunderstorm. Pay your electric bill. It's okay to stay up late. Don't make waves. Life can be a little stormy now and then. The taller you are, the harder you fall. You can make it through the night. Keep an eye out for others. Write in your journal every day. If it gets foggy, just say 'booo!' Never fall asleep on the job. Rise to great heights. Always keep spare lightbulbs on hand. Do windows. Hold the handrail for safety. Don't drink and shine. Leave a light on for those who aren't home yet.

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