Amber’s Keepin’ It Real with the Youth of America

An awesome life lesson from Amber:

An Amber-Colored Life: “Hey baby, wanna poop?”

Right now we’re working on social skills with him, and one of the facets of this is giving compliments. We talk to him about how, if you say something nice to someone, they’ll usually say something nice back to you. So the other day he walks up to me with his therapist and says, “Amber, your shirt is pretty cool today.”

I looked at him, shrugged one of my shoulders, and said, “Yeah, it is pretty cool, isn’t it?”

“You’re supposed to say that my shirt is cool, too.” he replied, scrunching up his little chubby face.

“But I don’t wanna say that your shirt is cool, too,” I teased, “‘Cause mine is way cooler and that’s just the way it is.”

“Say it!” he started yelling. “Say my shirt is cool, too!”

“Nope. I gotta go now, buddy. Talk to you later.” I replied, as I walked away and he continued to yell at me to tell him that his shirt was cool. Sometimes you just gotta keep it real.

I hope he isn’t scarred for life.

Mr. Manners on Eating Dinner Rolls

Mr. Manners is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to if I have a few minutes to kill. Carly and I were listening to Mr. Manners’ takes on finger foods on the way to work today, where he covered things like when it’s appropriate to use a fork & knife for onion rings. Things you don’t think about every day, to say the least.

Later in the podcast after I’d dropped Carly off at work, he got into a rule I’m often guilty of breaking:

Mr. Manners’ Quick and Dirty Tips For A More Polite Life

For dinner rolls or bread at the table, place a small amount of butter on your bread plate from the serving dish, break off a small, bite size piece of bread with your fingers, and use your butter knife (or regular knife if no butter knife is provided) to butter just that bite.

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Butter each bite? That’s not how I roll. I’m a split the dinner roll in half, spread a generous amount of butter inside, then eat it like a butter sandwich kinda guy. Maybe I’m not ready for dinner with the Queen of England, but I’m perfectly content with my dinner roll consumption method.