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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 11, 2017
Happy Mothers Day!

19 Things We Were Taught As Kids

Christine: Why Shoelaces Untie Themselves

How to Remove Splinters Painlessly

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  Happy Mothers Day!

(Holidays) MothersDay_Daisies2.jpgHappy Mothers Day to all you moms doing the most important job on this earth (along with dads doing the most important job on earth)!

I hope you enjoy the article from "Good Old Days" which highlights a little of our social history. Several of these customs were familiar to me. Some may be regional, like expecting children to say "Yes Ma'am." You may have continued some and rejected others. Share with the family and talk about "why" these "rules" were part of growing up. Why one could even pretend to be living in the 40's and 50's and try them out -some of them!

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Have a beautiful weekend,  Parmalee

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  19 Things We Were Taught As Kids

..That You Don't See Enough Of These Days

by Rose Heichelbech, The Good Old Days

They may seem outdated to some, but these are the manners we grew up with. There wasn't any two ways about it: this was how you were expected to behave, especially when in public. These were not negotiable or "sometimes" rules.

1) The Golden Rule  This was the abiding principle in nearly all things. If you wouldn't like it, then don't do it to someone else.

2) Please & Thank You  "Gimme that" wasn't an option. You always said please and thank you.

3) Yes Ma'am, Yes Sir  You simply didn't answer an adult without following with a "ma'am" or "sir." It was just how you showed respect. This went double if you were in trouble!

(0 May 2017) dining.jpg4) Ask Permission to Be Excused  You didn't leave the table unless you had been excused. If you needed to leave before the others, you had to ask, and then wait for permission! It didn't matter if you didn't like what was on your plate! The same went for situations at school or with any adult: you needed to ask to be excused.

5) Never Argue with an Adult  Even if you had a good point (or more likely, you thought you did) you were not to argue with any adult. And, smarting off was a sure ticket to a spanking or a time out!

6) Excuse Me  If you committed a faux pas, the way to handle it was to say "excuse me." It was the only polite thing to do.

7) Take Off your Hat  When you went inside, it didn't matter if you were wearing a fedora or a baseball cap: boys and men took their hats off. This was also true for any situation where respect needed to be shown such as when talking to the police, or if someone was hurt, or if a prayer was being said. Ladies often received a hat tip from a man passing by.

8) "May I?" Instead of "Can I?"  How you phrased things was big deal, even with your parents. It was a constant source of irritation for adults to hear "Can I..."

9) Don't Interrupt Adults  When adults were talking you did not interrupt them. If your folks had a dinner party you had to wait until there was a lull in the conversation to say your piece.

10) Give Up Your Seat  On a bus or train it used to be common to give up your seat if an older person got on and needed one. Likewise, a man or boy would give up his seat for a lady oftentimes as well.

11) Elbows Off the Table  It was so rude to put your elbows on the table! If you were at someone's home or a restaurant it was especially true.

12) Always Use A Proper Greeting  "Good morning" and "Good evening" were acceptable greetings. "Hi" was not! At the holidays you always gave a seasonal greeting and this was what everyone did, nothing special.

13) Sit Up  We may have wanted to slouch, we may have even slouched when we were in the treehouse or with our friends. But, we'd never let our teachers or parents see us slouching. It was considered starting on the wrong track and didn't show the proper respect or attention. We also heard "stand up straight" a lot, too!

14) No Whining  Complaining simply wasn't allowed. You might get kicked out out of the house for an afternoon or sent to bed early for whining. "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!"

15) Don't Show Off  It was considered very bad form to brag or show off. Nobody wanted to be called a braggart and you certainly would not have looked cooler in front of your friends for having bragged about something. There was a certain modesty we were expected to maintain at all times.

16) Use Silverware  At the table you had to use your silverware. You didn't push food around with your hands. It was considered sloppy to even help a kernel on to your fork with your finger.

17) Never Talk With Your Mouth Full  This one seems like a no-brainer, but apparently this is not a hard and fast rule anymore. When we were kids it was really forbidden to chew with your mouth open.

18) Never begin a sentence with "me"  That's baby talk. If talking about several friends, use their names first and yourself last. "May Johnny and Mary and I go swimming?" It's polite and modest.

 

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  Christine: Why Shoelaces Untie Themselves

(0 May 2017) Shoelaces.jpgThe next time you get annoyed at something in your life - turn it into science and see where it goes.

Sometimes science looks at small annoyances. Solutions to these seeming insignificant problems can lead to more important solutions. Take for instance, why do your shoes always come untied?

Scientists are fascinated with knots. Knots are central to many scientific disciplines including physics and biology. Solving a simple problem of untied shoes can show complicated processes.

 Researchers from UC Berkeley looked at this problem. They put someone on a treadmill and filmed the lace movement. They found fascinating results. Read on>>>>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/

 

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  How to Remove Splinters Painlessly

              ...Even the Tiniest Ones

by Terry Graedon, The People's Pharmacy

White glue or carpenter's glue for wood or paper is great as a way to remove splinters that are too small to see, though you sure can feel them. These glues adhere especially well to cellulose, the main substance in wood or wood products. Splinters usually are made of the same stuff.

Apply the glue liberally to the area and let it cure fully, about a half hour or so. Then peel off the glue and voilà! No more splinter.

With a child apply a bandage over the glue and pull it off a few hours later.

 

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High School Art Show, 4/28-5/29

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Values in World Thought 5/12

 

Ecology Action, Bike to School 5/5-12

 

DeLaveaga K-5, Annual Spring Carnival 5/12

 

Shoreline Middle 6-8, Vintage Air Cooled VW Car Show 5/13

 

Santa Cruz Montessori Pre-8, Annual Spring Yard Sale 5/20

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Mother's Day Walk: Women of Big Basin
State Park Big Basin
Sunday, 5/14, 1:00pm
Honor spirited women of the park

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Bike to Work/School
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Ecology Action
Date: Every day (May 5-May 12)
Ages: All
Details: Let's bike to school and work!
Special Instructions: Locations Across Santa Cruz County
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
Kelp Pickling
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Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
Date: Every Su and Fri (May 12-May 14)
Ages: Adults and Children 10+
Details: Learn about kelp forests and get a great reward in the form of a delicious treat
Special Instructions: Friday and Sunday
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 458-3648 view all details >>
     
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
Aromas Country Garden Tour
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Aromas Grange
Date: 05/13/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: For garden lovers and folks who want to learn more about drought resistant plants and landscaping
City: Aromas view all details >>
     
Happy Mothers Day!
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Human Race Fundraiser
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Human Race
Date: 05/13/2017 at 8:00am
Details: Walk, run, entertain or cheer in the Human Race
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Monterey Blues Festival
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Monterey Bay Blues Festival
Date: 05/13/2017 at 12:00pm
Details: The greats in the blues world perform
City: Monterey Phone: 831.394.2652 view all details >>
     
Old Cabin Classic Ride
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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
Date: 05/13/2017 at 7:30pm
Details: Pre-ride April 10, Registration April 13, Ride May 13 Mountain Biking fun & Rodeo for Kids
Special Instructions: see website
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
33rd Annual Mother's Run/Walk for Shelter
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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Date: 05/14/2017 from 7:00am to 10:30am
Ages: All ages
Details: Together we can OUTRUN family homelessness!
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-5649 view all details >>
     
Family Meetings -- Positive Discipline 2-hour parenting workshop
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 05/13/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults
Details: Family Meetings -- Positive Discipline 2-hour parenting workshopine
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
VINTAGE AIR COOLED VW CAR SHOW
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Shoreline Middle School
Date: 05/13/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Enjoy raffles, silent auction, prizes, live music and food trucks while checking out the vintage VWs
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.475.6565 view all details >>
     
Happy Mothers Day!
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SPRING PLANT SALE
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Cabrillo College Horticulture Department
Date: Every day (May 12-May 14)
City: Aptos Phone: 831.427-2255 view all details >>
     
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Ages: birth - 12months
Details: Join us every 3rd Tuesday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Take the Dogs Out!
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SPCA
Date: Every day from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Hang out with adoptable dogs
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
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