One of the things I remember the most about my mom were the songs she sang ("All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor" and the classic, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles") and her advice to me she gave me accompanied, of course, with the wagging finger. See if you can recognize any of my "momisms" I remember from growing up.
- Don't make that face or it will stay like that.
- Never talk to strangers.
- Always wear clean underwear, you never know when you're going to get in an accident and end up in hospital.
- Don't put that in your mouth, you never know where it's been.
- Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.
- If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all.
- You started it, you have to finish. Stick to your commitments.
- Close the door, we don't live in a barn!
- Money doesn't grow on trees, you know!
- If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you do that too?
- Boys don't like girls with sharp tongues.
- Never let a boy get you into a corner!
- Boys are all the same, they only want one thing.
- Don't get too big for your boots.
- Where there's a will, there's a way.
- You made your bed so lay in it!
- Be careful what you wish for, it might come true!
- It's your life, far be it for me to tell you what to do (then proceeds to tell you what to do)
- It's just as easy to fall in love with a rich man than it is with a poor one.
- Just wait till you have your own kids, then you'll know.
You can tell from some of the things my mom said she had an issue with boys. Having had her first child out of wedlock in 1939 while she was still a ward of the courts gave her fears for her own daughter.
Over the years raising my own five kids, I've heard that voice come out of my own mouth. How did that happen? I am becoming my mother. I guess that's a good reason to be careful what we say and do - I'm now hearing my daughter's say similar things to their kids.
Did you laugh as you read these, remember your own mother's voice as she imparted such glorious wisdom? If you have some I didn't list, share below what you remember your mom telling you. I'll bet there's a lot more out there I haven't heard!
Much grace to you and yours today....Kathie
Kathie Chiu is a Salvation Army officer. She lives, writes and knits in Richmond, BC. You can read more of her writing on her blog Sheep Tales and read some of her articles in The Salvationist magazine.