Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What Mom Said

As I lay awake this morning my mind wandered to things my mother has always said.  Occasionally I will whip one of these nuggets out and my sons will say, "Nanny said that didn't she?"  So I would like to share some of them with you.  Feel free to use them.


Here are some of the sayings of Jacqueline E. Shank, mother of four, grandmother of 13.


"Anything that happens after midnight is either illegal or immoral."


If we began a sentence with "Well..."  she would say, "Well's a hole in the ground"  OR "deep subject."


If we began a sentence with "So..." she would say, "Sew a button on ice cream."


"To each his own said the lady as she kissed the cow!"


When we fell or got a cut or bruise she would say, "It'll be better before your married."


"Truer things are said in jest!"


"If you sew on Sunday you'll rip the stitches out with your nose!"


"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."


On thing that's enjoyed by the poor and the rich

Is the pleasure you get when you scratch where you itch!


A new broom sweeps clean.


If it's meant to be it'll be.


 A smile is such a funny thing

It wrinkles up your face

And when it's gone you'll never find

It's secret hiding place.

But FAR more wonderful it is

To see what smiles can do.

You smile

and they smile

and one smile

makes two!

(she always said this when we were grumpy....I HATED this poem!)


If we explained something to her and she understood it she would say, "I see said the blind man!"  (the whole saying is, "I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw.")



  1. Enjoyed these! Never heard that "itch" one before. :)

  2. I can still remember my mom's laughter as I told her once that I had found myself using some of her old