It is time once again for Flashback Friday with Linda of Mocha With Linda. This is the meme that takes us back in time. In Linda’s own words:
This meme’s purpose is to have us take a look back and share about a specific time or event in our lives. It will be fun to see how similar – or different – our experiences have been!.
Participating in this meme and reading everyone’s answers is one of my weekly highlights. Grab the button and the link and come play along. Linda’s theme this week is:
What sort of sayings, colloquialisms, or proverbs did your family say when you were growing up? When were they used? What do you find yourself saying that you vowed you would never say? What do you say that drives your kids nuts? Is there a regional aspect to your speech? Do you have an accent and were you ever teased about it?
I think Gram and Dad were pretty common place with their standard parental sayings:
- Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.
- Money doesn’t grow on trees.
- That’s not a revolving door. Pick one side and stay on it.
- Where you born in a barn?
- There are starving children in China.
- I don’t care what everybody else does, I’m not the parent of everybody else!
- If I told you once, I told you a thousand times ….
My dad did have two sayings that always tempted me to answer back. The sayings went together, but they didn’t really go together. One was, “Who told you to think?” And the other was, “Don’t you ever think?” In action they looked something like this ….
On Saturday mornings I mowed the lawn. One particular Saturday I went out to mow and Dad had an extension cord stretched across the lawn from the tool shed (where it was plugged in) to the driveway. The end in the driveway was not attached to anything. I rolled the extension cord up and put it away, then I mowed the lawn. Later Dad asked where his extention cord went. I told him I put it away, and he wanted to know why. I said, “I thought you were done with it.” Dad responded, “Do me a favor, don’t think. Just do as you’re told. Go put it back!”
The next Saturday I went out to mow the lawn and there was the extension cord, just like the previous week. I picked it up, mowed the lawn, and put the cord back. Later Dad wanted to know why the extension cord was still out. I told him I’d put it back after I’d mowed the lawn. He wanted to know why. I said, “Because that’s what you told me to do.” Dad said, “That was last week! Why don’t you ever think?”
I very much wanted to say, “Because you told me not to!” but — because I do think — I knew that wasn’t in my best interest. I just came to the conclusion that parents don’t listen to themselves, and made a mental note not to use those phrases on my kids.