One of my picture book manuscripts I have written is called Mama Says. Well, thinking of that story made me think of this post for today.
Mama always said. . .
"Drinking coffee will stunt your growth." (Even so, Mom always folded her light bread in half, dunked it in her coffee and gave me a bite when I was little. I guess that is why I am so short)
"Do not go barefoot until May 1st."
"Smoke always goes toward the pretty one."
"Carrots make your hair curly."
"White lines on your fingernails tell how many lies you've told."
"Eat all your supper - clean out all the bowls - and it will be a clear day tomorrow."
"Sing in bed at night and you will wake up crying."
"Play with fire and you will wet the bed."
"Swallow your chewing gum and it will clog you up."
"Swallow watermelon seeds and a watermelon will grow in your stomach."
"Don't watch until he is out of sight or he will be slow in coming back." (When I was dating Charley, I used to watch him until he was out of sight. Mom told me that and then I started to turn my head just before he was out of view. I'm not superstitious or anything, but I still do that when I'm watching someone leave.)
"Always wear clean underwear, you never know when you might be in a car wreck."
"If you smell cucumber, there's a copperhead near by." (We always listened to this advice when we went berry picking)
She said, "Let's tie your wedding ring on a string and see what sex your child is gonna be." (This never worked for me, the string said I was going to have girls and I had three boys)
And then there is the time my cousin said to me, "Sweet 16 and never been kissed - just slobbered on."
(I know this is from a cousin, but I just had to add it. Don't you just love cousins)
Some of these are a little crazy, but you know Mama usually did know best.
What did your mama always say?
By the way, be sure to stop by next week. I am having a Give a Way!