Lessons shared through the ages

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Recently I came across a poem titled “Things Our Mothers Taught Us.”

Upon perusing the article it brought me back to my childhood and my own parenthood. I truly thought they gave every mother a book of these sayings at the maternity ward door. All mothers, as I was growing up, seemed to know them. Many were passed on to me, and thus, perhaps even my grandchildren as I have heard a few escape my adult children’s mouths. Enjoy the wisdom of mothers everywhere.

1. My mother 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 mother taught me religion. “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3. My mother taught me logic. “Because I said so, that’s why.”

4. My mother taught me more logic. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

5. My mother taught me foresight. “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

6. My mother taught me irony. “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

7. My mother taught me about the science of osmosis. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

8. My mother taught me about stamina. “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

9. My mother taught me about weather. “This room of yours looks like a tornado hit it.”

10. My mother taught me about anticipation. “Just wait ‘til we get home.”

11. My mother taught me about receiving. “You are going to get it when we get home.”

12. My mother taught me about medical science. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to stick that way.”

13. My mother taught me humor. “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

14. My mother taught me how to become an adult. “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

15. My mother taught me genetics. “You’re just like your father.”

16. My mother taught me about wisdom. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

17. And my favorite: My mother taught me about justice. “One day you’ll have kids and I hope they turn out just like you.”


Fathers everywhere often bestow us their own bit of life lessons. Have you heard or ever said any of the following?

1. It it’s too good to be true, it is.

2. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

3. Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.

4. Being a good person will get you further.

5. The truth will always come out.

6. Don’t burn your bridges.

7. Manners go a long way.

8. Money can’t buy happiness.

9. Do it for the experience.

Hope these words of wisdom brought back fond memories of your parents, your childhood and your own child rearing.


Sandy Sare is the membership director for the Sheridan County YMCA.


By |Aug. 20, 2018|

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