I’m trying to remember some of the sayings that Mom sometimes used. Some were universal to moms everywhere. Here’s 5 for this Friday.
- If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
- Don’t make me come up there. (This meant that I’d stalled all I could, pretending not to hear her call me for a chore. Usually I was reading and wanted to finish the chapter before going downstairs to hang out laundry.)
- Maybe later… (This usually meant “no,” but she didn’t want to listen to our whining so she would just stall.)
- If you don’t stop that crying, I’ll give you something to cry about. (The tone of voice with this one verged on desperation. When we cried and whined for something she couldn’t give us, it must have been very frustrating for her. The threat of a quick swat on the rear did indeed take our mind off the unattainable desire.)
- Now, you kids, BEHAVE. (Words we heard before visiting the grandparents or going into a quiet place like a church or library.)
If you’d like to see more, check out this page of sayings called Momisms.