Tuesday, September 2, 2008


We grew up with:
  • Don't cross your eyes or they will get stuck that way.

  • Don't step on a crack or you will break your mother's back [my mom didn't need any more problems].

  • Keep your knees together--we always wore dresses--and, not bad advice at any age!

  • Little pictures have big ears.

  • Children should be seen and not heard.

  • Using the word "hate" is a sin.

  • Saying "gee" was an abbreviation for Jesus, and a sin.

  • Same for "golly" or "gol."

  • Grandma said "pshaw" instead of words she couldn't even imagine.

  • Mind your manners.

  • Don't speak unless spoken to--didn't they know that you don't end a sentence with a preposition. Sometimes it is just necessary 'cause it takes too long to reword the sentence.

And then, there were the longer cautionary tales:

When Aunt MK was a little girl she had a new tricycle and begged and begged to go out after dinner to ride it. Finally grandma gave in and away MK went, only to take a spill and knock out her two front [permanent] teeth. The moral to this story was, "Don't beg after being told 'no' or bad things will surely happen.

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