Breaking “Rule 26”: Blogging Pithy Quotes

I’m pretty sure I proposed Rule 26 before Justin Halpern came up with “Shit My Dad Says” and raised breaking rules to a highly lucrative art form.

It’s probably a good idea, if you’re going to follow Justin’s lead, to let Dad in on it – otherwise, he’s going to be very surprised to find himself played on national TV by the likes of William Shatner. If you can get William Shatner lined up, or split six figure royalties with your dad, he may just forgive you…eventually.

It’s hard to pick my favorite parental quotations. (And I’m sure the anticipation of it is making my own dad slightly nervous!)

From my Mom:

Never let your possessions possess you.


If our approval or disapproval of the man you want to marry makes you reconsider, for even a split second, then that’s not the man you want to spend the rest of your life with. However, our approval will make that life so much more pleasant.

From my Dad:

I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong.


You’d better make it good the first time, because you won’t get a second chance.

He said that, once, after noticing I’d balled up my fists and glared at him in anger. He was very calm when he said it; I honestly can’t recall him ever raising his voice. I file this one under the common parental quotation, “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it again!” or, when he learned of some kid who’d taken his parents to court, “If you ever do that, you’d better hire the best lawyers money can buy, and win, and take me for all I’m worth, because after that you won’t have parents.” We did scare my mom, once: We’d been having a talk about something I did – one of those “Wait till your father gets home, young lady!” talks – and ended it with a hug and smiles. He took his belt and winked at me. “When I snap this, you yell.” My mother bounded up the steps to my room in record time, only to catch both of us laughing like fools. We were both in the doghouse for a bit after that.

Mostly, he told me that he loved me and was proud of me. That’s kind of the thing most kids want to hear and remember. Not sure it’d make great material for a fortune cookie, though.



Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit
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2 thoughts on “Breaking “Rule 26”: Blogging Pithy Quotes”

    1. OMG, yes! I’d say, “I’m trying.” He’d say, “Yes, very.” I’d say, “Oh, dear…” He’d say, “Yes?” Of course, he’s right here reading this… ๐Ÿ™‚ And only one state away. I miss him, too, but my aim’s getting better.

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