Things My Mom Used to Say

Family/ Parenting - General
By: MiddleSister    
20-May-2013

Introduction:My mother died yesterday at the age of 84, after having a hard time with her health. This is just a tiny sampling of some of the things she'd say to us. Writing this article is just a way of sharing a bit of her with others.

  • 01

    "You Gotta Eat a Peck of Dirt Before You Die."

    Whenever you somehow got dirt in your mouth as a kid, or ate something that had dropped on the floor,this was my mother's response. I suppose it's most likely true.

  • 02

    Thoity Doity Little Boidies...

    Said with a New "Joizy" accent, this was hilarious, as recited by my little 4 foot 9 mother in her big glasses, house dress, and orthopedic shoes:

    "Thoity doity little boidies
    sittin' on a coibstone,
    choipin' an' boipin',an'eatin' woims.

    Along came Goity an' her boyfriend Hoiby
    who woiks in a factory in Joizy.
    Well!

    When Goity an' Hoiby saw the
    Thoity doity little boidies
    sittin' on a coibstone,
    choipin' an' boipin',an'eatin' woims...

    Boy, was they patoibed!

  • 03

    There Was a Little Girl...

    This old time rhyme was often said to me, because my hair was wavy:

    "There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. And when she was good, she was very, very good, and when she was bad, she was horrid!"

    Of course, I'm sure I was never actually like that!

  • 04

    Yee Gads!

    ...and of course, it's derivative "yee gadsafritz!" This was used as a general purpose exclamatory interjection. She was from upstate New York, so she said this with a really flat short "a" sound in the "gad" syllable.

  • 05

    "Milk Makes Your Bones and Teeth Strong."

    We always had three glasses of skim milk a day. There are five grown siblings in my family, and none of us ever had a cavity! I guess Mom knew what she was talking about.


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If you add a comment, I'd love to hear some of the things your mom used to say!

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