Mom Always Said . . .

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1. Put on clean underwear before you leave the house, in case you’re in an accident.
(Why clean underwear? Were they going to check my underwear if I’m in an accident?)

2. Don’t put your tongue on any frozen metal pipes.
(Not heeded. Tongue stuck but not for long. Debunked that theory.)

3. Don’t pester hornet’s nests.
(Yep! I messed with a yellow jacket’s nest and went “Ow, ow, ow, ow” all the way home! They got underneath my clothes– clean ones at that.)

4. Girls do not beat up boys.
(Why not? They had it coming. They were always troublemakers.)

5. Act like a lady.
(Why? I didn’t like dresses, hats, dress shoes, skirts, petticoats—who wanted to be a lady anyway?)

6. Eat your onions (or stuffing, parsnips, rutabagas or broccoli); they’re good for you.
(We had the healthiest dogs in the world! Under the table they scooted at mealtimes to chow down all the yucky stuff our little fingers could gather.)

7. No lipstick, makeup, nylons or shaved legs til you’re 16. If you wear these things, you’ll look like a hussy.
(So… after I’m 16, I’ll look like a hussy? I’d seen hussies but they didn’t look all decked out like that.)

8. No dating til you’re 16.
(I was too busy playing football, wrestling, and fixing cars with boys.)

9. Stay away from the railroad trestle.
(Never listened to this. My paper route went from the eastside of town to the south side, with a big river in-between. This meant I had to go all the way downtown, cross the bridge, then head south from my east-side deliveries–or walk the trestle. It was the way to go! It saved 20 minutes off my time.)

10. If someone thought enough of you to send a card or present, you should think enough of them to send a thank-you card.
(A good one, well learned. Seems like we have lost that courtesy a long time ago.)

If you only knew, Mom!


10 comments on “Mom Always Said . . .

  1. This is so hilarious and so true! Looks like you were as much a tomboy as I was. What a better way to grow up than all “girlie” . . . Oh wait, that is what I am now, geesh, when did that happen??? mmmm, I just got on to thank you for following my blog (rule #10) but I can’t resist following your blog after reading this. I sure look forward to becoming friends across the miles. Blessings,

  2. isaiah43123 says:

    And another from my Mom… What goes around comes around. To which I added… Be careful, for what goes around can come back around a whole lot worse than when it went.

    Moms always have good advice, even when it doesn’t make sense at the time. 🙂

    Keep the Faith!

    • So true, Karin! Moms were right most of the time. Part of their “spot on” ‘ness perhaps was because of the eyes in the back of their heads! Ha ha!

      Blessings on this Easter season and may your spirit overflow with true joy and peace from God our Father. amen

  3. My sister was told not to put her tongue on the frozen handrail at church and she did it anyway. Not sure what she learned from that, other than that it hurt. And with four older brothers, the only way to defend myself was to beat up on them in return. You are right, quite often they had it coming, but they were so much bigger, I usually got the bad end of the deal. I had the 16 age restriction, too, and would add to that no pierced ears – did not get mine done until after I was married.

    My mom and I had so many talks, so much advice and encouragement still comes from her. I don’t remember all the things she said, but still feel that sense of closeness and love that just radiated from her through all my growing up years.

    The lesson I learned from my mom’s mom that I can still see her telling me was what she told me on my wedding day back in ’76 – never go to bed angry with each other. Always make up before going to sleep. I can still picture her telling me that all these years later. She was 92 when she died in 1990 and I still miss her so much.

    Thanks for sharing these, Jeanne. It has brought back many wonderful memories of my own childhood. Blessings for your week ahead.

    • So encouraging to share with you, Dru. I guess that’s part of what memories and dreams are for . . .to share with others. Lovely thoughts you have of your family members and happenings. Even brothers are remembered! Ha ha. The past events shaped us and molded us into our Father’s plans. Without them, we wouldn’t be us!

      Cheers for the coming Easter, Passover, season. The Resurrection, our final hopes and dreams come true, visible to our eyes and our spirits. Going home, as the old spiritual song used to swoon our hearts. Going home, to where we came from. Amen

  4. Jeanne – Your mother and my mother were cut from the same cloth. Oh how she tried to turn me into a girly, girl. What did she expect, I had 6 older brothers and they were a lot more fun than being in the kitchen. It was my fraternal grandmother that said, “Sheri, you must remember three things. 1] God will always love you and you know the difference between right and wrong, 2] There’s a difference between being a lady and a woman. The world has a time and place for both and you my dear will embrace both. Simply use judgement when doing so. 3] Walk like you own the earth. That doesn’t give you the right to believe you own the earth or even act like you own the earth, it does mean you’ll walk with confidence and that will help you believe and fight for your convictions in whatever life you elect to follow. My grandmother was a fine Christian woman and she never led me astray. She was totally blind by the age 40 and lived alone in the country until age 94. I always called at least once a week to chat and talk politics. She was one smart woman and although she’s been gone a long time, I still miss her everyday. Thanks for this wonderful post and your spin on the humor is terrific.

    • Sheri, we must be related! So many times we hit the same nail on the head! Your mother and grandmother were of the kind spirits we lived among years ago. The world has changed, for the meaner and leaner. My grandmother(maternal) was an angel, I swear. She passed when I was an Army brat attending high school in Germany. Age 56, she was. You were blessed with yours for an eternity! Wow! What stories you can write about her and growing up. Huh? Yea!

      Blessings, dear one. 🙂

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