Dear Ann: I found this on the Internet and thought it was so clever it deserved a wider audience. Maybe whoever wrote it will let you know so he or she can get the credit. Please run it in your column. New York Nellie
Dear Nellie: Thanks for some eternal truths and a great deal of wisdom. No. 11 is my favorite:
12 Things It Took Me 50 Years to Learn
1. Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. There can be a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
3. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
4. You should never confuse your career with your life.
5. No matter what happens in life, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
7. Never lick a steak knife.
8. Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.
9. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
10. Nobody can give me a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-saving time.
11. A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person.
12. Your friends love you, no matter what.
Dear Ann: May I respond to "Deep in the Heart of Texas"? He had a few comments about the letter from "An Anonymous Cashier." Since I have been both a customer and a cashier, I know both sides of that coin. It all boils down to being courteous to one another.
When I worked as a cashier, I encountered people who were unbelievably rude. One I recall especially was a woman who tossed a crumpled receipt in my face and said, "I don't need this." Apparently, she didn't realize that I, too, was a person. Customers should understand that cashiers are not well-oiled machines. They are human beings and should be respected as such. Alison in New York
Dear Alison: You can tell a great deal about a person by the way he or she treats individuals who serve them. Many servers have a lot more class than the people they serve. When I see a person treat a server shabbily, I know at once that he or she has a serious inferiority complex.
Dear Ann: Those stuck-up people in Boston who don't like your "how we met" letters can skip this one. I've always enjoyed them. Here's mine:
Fifty years ago, it was a big deal for a 17-year-old to sneak into a movie after the cashier had left. It was there that I ran into a handsome young usher who was working his way through college. I told him I was looking for my little brother. (I had no little brother.) He knew I was lying, lectured me and then asked for my phone number, which I promptly gave him.
We've been married 49 wonderful years, and I never lied to him again. Dixie Finn Hoffman in Venice, Fla.
Dear Dixie: Never? Good for you! What a lovely story. Thanks for sending it my way.
Gem of the Day (sent in by John B. in Arkansas): If God had intended us to have a permissive society, He would have given us the Ten Suggestions.