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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun Friday – A Mother’s Teachings - 20 things Mama Taught

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When you were growing up did you mother have phrases or idioms that she used all the time? During my elementary years, my brother, mother and I lived with my grandparents. It was most often Grandma who had a plethora of sayings.
My grandmother would say things like, “Don’t cross your eyes or they’ll get stuck like that.” She also said things such as, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again” or “the early bird catches the worm.”
While at a workshop recently, the presenter played music and displayed various trivia and fun facts on a screen as people entered the room. One list that caught my eye was titled, Things My Mother Taught Me. As soon as I got to my computer, I Googled the subject and here’s what I found.
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
'If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

7. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

8. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?!"

9. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

10. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

11. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

12. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

13. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

14. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

15. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

16. My mother taught me HUMOUR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

17. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

18. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

19. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

20. And my favorite: my mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"
Click here for entire list of mom teachings.
Do you recognize any of the above sayings? What would you add to the list of things your mother taught you?

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