‘People Are Not Lettuce’ is just the tip of the iceberg

Picking up where I left off in my last post … I've written for my sons a collection of pithy aphorisms, nuggets of wisdom and life perspective, most of which they've heard me speak, and some of which I've handed down from things I remember my father telling me.

Each of my sons receives the ever-expanding collection, titled "People Are Not Lettuce," when he graduates from high school, and revisions at other momentous occasions.

The eponymous piece (that is, the one that gave the collection its title) has two parts, and it goes like this:

  • If you have two heads of lettuce in your fridge, one opened and one still in its plastic wrap, and the opened one has started to get some brown leaves, you can pull off the brown leaves and finish that head before opening the other head, but if you do, you’ll always be eating old, wilting lettuce. Throw away the old lettuce when it starts going bad, and enjoy the new one.
  • People are not lettuce. Hold on to valued friendships if you can.

Don't you feel better knowing I have raised my children with such enduring wisdom?

- Jon Harmon