Monday, July 29, 2013

Beware

I went out with my friend Kari and her mother Betty, who just moved to the area to be closer to her daughter. One of the first things they did was look for a hair salon.

"First I took her to that new shop across from the QFC," Kari said. "But the lady cut my mom's ear with a scissors. I couldn't believe it. The stylist didn't even apologize for it. It still bleeds sometimes."

I remembered this incident when I came across a compilation of sayings in Poor Richard's Almanack, which included the following:

"Beware of the young doctor and the old barber."

But my favorite saying about hair was this one:

"Three things are men most likely to be cheated in, a Horse, a Wig, and a Wife."

As I leafed through the Almanack, finding such gems as:

"You may delay, but time will not." and

"Wink at small faults -- remember thou hast great ones." and

"If you'd lose a troublesome Visitor, lend him money." 

it occurred to me that pretty much everything we experience in life can be boiled down to pithy sayings such as these.