Mother: If your family was like our family you grew up with family sayings. You know those words of wisdom that came out of either your parents or grandparents mouth. These words covered about anything that you could be doing at any given time. And sometimes they made sense and sometimes not.
The number one I remember hearing from my grandmother was “closed mouth is the easiest mended.” This saying was said to me by grandma on a regular basis. My mouth continually got me into trouble. The closed mouth went with the having “your foot in your mouth.” Or the “God gave you one mouth but two ears” don’t you think he meant for you to listen more and speak less? I was a talker. My biggest problem in school was I liked to talk to the kids who sat around me. Teachers frowned on all of my talking. And grandma was a teacher at our school, so nothing was ever a secret.
I had to check in with my sisters as to some of the things our mother and grandmother used to say. Some of the sayings were not really for public consumption. They each remembered things that I had forgotten. What we found funny was that even though we heard these things for years, we still had no idea what some of them meant.
Mom was always either “flat broke” or “didn’t have two nickels to rub together.” We knew that “money doesn’t grow on trees.” Most of the time any or all of these would be said when we were asking for something. And of course, if you said everyone else had it or was going “if everyone was jumping off a bridge would you jump too?”
If you didn’t close the door, you were “born in a barn.” Grandma would “fix your little red wagon.” We have no clue what that comment meant. When telling someone goodbye and that you would see them soon the comment was made that “if the Lords’s willing and the creeks don’t rise.”
We were tucked in most nights saying “sleep tight don’t let the bedbugs bite.” And if we got up cranky in the morning, we “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” When we couldn’t find something the question was “do you think it grew legs and walked off”?
Anyone who is over 50 I am sure has heard most of these sayings. And I am sure there are others that you heard at your house. My husband was telling me something today that surprised me and I said “well holy Toledo.” I had to laugh because that came from my childhood, I wonder what it means?
What were some of the sayings your family used?
Till next time.
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