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Friday, August 9, 2013

"L" is for Laughter

Since I have a few days off and we are heading into the high country I wanted to share my Alphabe Thursday post: L is for Laughter! It is one of my favorite things! So I am going to share lots of laughter here, then you can comment and visit Ms. Jenny and join in all the wonderful L posts out there!

You know there are so many things your parents said to you when you were growing up! I am sharing some here:

1. "Money doesn't grow on trees you know...." (famous)

2. "Close the door! - were you raised in a barn?"
3. "Here's a dime kid...go call someone who cares."

4. "Because I said so." (There was no where to go with this one...)

5. "If  your friends were jumping off a  bridge would you jump off a bridge?"

6. "Stop crying before I give you something to cry about!" (Always worked.)

7. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

8. "Your face is going to freeze that way." (I believed this would happen.)

9. "Hold your horses." Which when pantomimed was usually followed by: "You think that's funny? We'll see how funny it is when you are in your room and the rest of us are...(insert something really fun)."

10. "I'll wash your mouth out with soap."

11. "When I was your age - I had to walk (10+++) miles to school....."

12. "You're not made of sugar, you won't melt."

13. "You'll live."

14. "You brought this on yourself."

15. "This hurts me more than it hurts you."

16. "Can't never did."

17. "If you do it and get caught and go to jail, you WILL spend the night."


19. "I brought you into this world and I'll just as soon take you out!"

20. "Just WAIT till your father gets home!"

21. "You'll understand when you are a parent."

22. "One day, God willing, you'll have one JUST like you."

23. "And who do you think you are? The Queen of Sheeba?" (Is there even such a place?)
24. "Come home when the street lights come on."

25. "I was not born yesterday, Mister."

26. "There are starving people in China who would gladly eat your dinner!"

27. "Don't burn the candle at both ends."

28. "You kids will be the death of me yet."

29. "I suppose you think you are special, Lady Jane." (Who is Lady Jane anyway?)

30. "Don't stir up the mud."

31. "Hay is for horses."

32. "Put a sock in it."

33. "Knock it off."

34. "You kids go out and play in the yard."

35. "You can, but you may not."

36. "A roast is done, YOU are finished."

37. "We're not laughing AT you, we are laughing WITH you."

38. They used the "F" word.... "I FORBID it." It was like a double-dog dare to cross them.

39. "Wipe that smile off your face or I'm gonna wipe it off for you."

and my all time favorite:

40. "Don't you make me pull this car over...." (incredibly effective with my own children)

Now here are some more, you may see a few duplicates but I had a good laugh remembering my folks saying lots of these same things to me!


1. My parents 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 parents taught me RELIGION .
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My parents 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 parents taught me LOGIC .
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My parents 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 parents taught me FORESIGHT .
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

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

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

9. My parents taught me about CONTORTION-ISM .
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

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

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

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

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

14. My parents taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My parents taught me about ENVY .
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My parents taught me about ANTICIPATION .
"Just wait until your father gets home."

17. My parents taught me about RECEIVING .
�You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My parents taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE .
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

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

20. My parents taught me HUMOR .
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

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

22. My parents taught me GENETICS .
"You're just like your father."

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

24. My parents taught me WISDOM .
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
And my favorite:

25. My parents taught me about JUSTICE .
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"
Only you folks my age understand these profound statements!!!
But, there is one missing from this list ~~ My personal all time favorite!!

My parents taught me about CHOICE .
"Do you want me to stop this car?"

My father's favorite one was "Do you want me to stop this car?"  You can ask my two older children and they will tell you  I meant business when I said this to them on a road trip two hours away once!

My mother's personal favorite was Number 23":
Close that door! Were you born in a barn?????

My dad always said if I got into trouble and went to jail, I could stay there!
He also reminded me of number 24 many many times. He often mused " Do I look like the electric company, shut those lights off!"

Did your mom ever ask you if you thought you were the "Queen of Sheba? And Lady Jane too? Laughing Out Loud!
A little more laughter!
Maybe you had a week like I did! Then you need this! Laugh Out Loud!
I now you have done this whether you are a tea or coffee drinker or perhaps a soup sipper!
Humor from a humorous  gal!
If you are getting washed away in the rain, be like froggy! He is chilling in the rain with his personal umbrella!
Ok, Ok, I am winding it down, I promise!
And finally, have a great Friday!


Rhissanna said...

Lol! Very cute, Anne! But the Queen of Sheba is right there in the Bible.

Betsy Adams said...

Cute post, Anne... Our parents ALL taught us those things... I recognize most of them... OH- how I wish kids today were being raised by OUR parents... Can you believe how much better the younger generation would be today???

I read that Millennials are taught that there is no right or wrong. Everything is OKAY --and they are not to judge or criticize others. That's why so many of them accept homosexualty, Obama, etc..... Scary--thinking of our country when these Millennials are 'running' the country.....


Denise said...

enjoyed this post.

NanaDiana said...

I could identify with just about every one of those, Anne. I guess we all heard the same things over the years- xo Diana

Sweet Tea said...

These bring back lots of memories, 'specially #6. LOL

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Lol!!! LOVING this post!!!!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

oh yeah, heard them all at one time or another. The one i really love is "Do you want a spanking?"
Like the answer will EVER be yes LOL.
hope you have a great time in the high country (())

Theresa said...

Oh so many of these brought back memories of my childhood:) Thanks for that! Cute post! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Tracy Cook said...

you have been busy compiling your laughter lines .

Jenny said...

Oh how I remember a lot of these quotes...

I am still laughing thinking about my parents telling me to close the door because I wasn't born in a barn!

Lovely post for the letter "L"...

Thanks for linking.