Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cause I Said So



I meant to do this post for Mother's Day, but, as my Australian friend always says, "I couldn't be bothered." So here it is now....



You always hear of these little pieces of advice that mothers are known for giving their kids. My next door neighbor growing up, Kelly Matelski,'s mom always told her to wear fresh underwear when she went out, in case she was in an accident and they had to take her to the hospital. I never really got that one. But her mother worked in an ER, so maybe she knew something I don't.

My husband's grandmother, Neenie, always used say not to pluck your gray hairs or seven of its friends would come to its funeral. I didn't listen to that one, and I'm pretty sure she was right.

The only advice I can remember my mom always telling me was to be sure to wear lots of blush for photos or you'll look washed out. Very good advice, by the way.

What little truisms did your mother always tell you?


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12 comments:

Chelsea said...

I've heard the underwear one before too and I think it's funny. Like if you're in a car accident, that's what you'll be worried about!

My mom always warned me that when you marry someone, you also marry their family. She knew from experience, and she was definitely right!

She also told me after Sawyer was born that if I didn't let him cry it out he would never sleep through the night. She was wrong about that one.

Kristina P. said...

My husband is an EMT, and firmly believes in the underwear one.

CaraDee said...

She told me nothing. Just that most of the things I did weren't good.

Melissa said...

I got nothing......um I heard her say "be quiet I have a headache." a lot. Does that count?

L. said...

My grandfather always said, "A thing done when thought of needs no further attention."

My professor father stressed to the point of COMMANDMENT that we always call our anatomical parts and functions by their correct anatomical names. We did, and taught our kids likewise. Now they HATE correct anatomical terms, and teach their kids idiot baby names. What is my granddaughter's husband going to think on their honeymoon when she refers to her "hoo-ha?"

My mom's two favorite sayings were, "Duty, Lorie! Duty!" which was the Austrian/German First Commandment. Also, "We can make this into __(something else)" such as a flour sack into curtains, a D.I. dress for a fat lady into pajamas for the twins, wall-to wall carpet sewn-together from scraps collected at the nearby carpet store dumpster, a cardboard box into a fruit drying smoker, rubber gaskets into pony-tail holders, etc.

Shawn said...

My Mom told me not to chew red wax lips at Halloween or I would die of cancer...

More on that when I expound during my Memory Mondays. Do come and check in once and a while! :)

Sara said...

Cause I said so is one I always use, so it must have stuck from childhood.

Suzie said...

Mom always told me to carry a purse. It bugged her that I crammed my lip gloss, cash, extra ponytail & key in my pockets.
I like purses now.
She also put a dime in bra once when I went out! For a phone call.

tiburon said...

Eat my vegetables. I would get hair on my chest.

MiaKatia said...

Strange, absolutely nothing comes to mind. I am sure she told me something over the years...

Christie said...

My mom always told me: if you do something wrong, something bad will always happen in return. I guess that was her way of explaining karma to a child. But you know what? She was right. Every time.

André said...

I never got any good words of advice, but there were certain things I heard more often than others.

"Because I'm the mom"
"NO"
"Ask your dad"
"No"
"We can't afford it"
"I said, 'NO'"