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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Family Motto

I keep this blog pretty much only book related.  But, I was thinking about something the other day and had to share...

Many people have a family motto or family sayings.  They are kind and sweet and sometimes spiritual.  And, in the trendy craze of the day, they are often printed out in fancy vinyl lettering and placed on the walls of our homes.

And, many are phrases or sayings I like.

This is actually one of my favorite quotes.

Isn't this sweet?

Our family motto?

"You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. 
Anything else that you get is a privilege."

Our family motto? It comes from Regulations for Inmates U.S.P., ALCATRAZ at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.  It's something my husband likes to say when our kids get whiny or are complaining about something, usually something they're deprived of.  And, according to them, they are deprived of everything that is wonderful and important in life.

The rest of regulation #5 includes: "You earn your privileges by conducting yourself properly. "Good Standing" is a term applied to inmates who have a good conduct record and a good work record and who are not undergoing disciplinary restrictions."

I wonder how it would look in vinyl lettering on our wall?


  1. Thanks for the chuckle this morning!

  2. That's hilarious! I can't wait to share it with a friend of mine. :o)