What Momisms Do You Remember?

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MomWe’ve been having fun on my Facebook page with Momisms. Those things your mother used to say to you when you were a kid that maybe didn’t exactly make you happy at the time. And then you grew up and maybe became a mother and found yourself saying some of the same things or perhaps coming up with new Momisms to drive your kids a little crazy. I’m guessing that some of them have since grown up and had their own kids to perhaps say some Momisms of their own. It’s an ongoing circle of Momisms.

This is my second Mom’s Day since Mom got her wings and flew on up to heaven. I miss her. She was such a good mother and a great friend. I’m not sure how old she is here in this picture but I think it was around the time she married. She was a beautiful woman inside and out.

But you know what? She had some Momisms too. One that one of my Facebook friends reminded me of was “You’re going to trip on that lip.” I did a little pouting when I was a kid or so they said! 🙂 She used to tell us our giggle boxes had gotten turned over when we couldn’t stop giggling. Sometimes she’d tell us to snap to it and we generally did. Later on, after we got older and had kids of our own, she’d tell us to not fret the small stuff. To enjoy the kids and not worry about the mess or the bare places in the yard. We were raising kids, not grass. I could always depend on Mom having common sense advice. One of her favorites was “It’ll all come out in the wash.”

I had a few Momisms I pestered my kids with as well. I’m sure they recall me saying “If you don’t like it, don’t eat it.” I didn’t have much sympathy for picky eaters, even though I was one when I was a kid, or patience with those who complained about whatever I had cooked for supper. None of my kids ever starved, so I guess they managed to eat what I cooked most of the time.  Then when they reached driving age, I had to always tell them to “be careful” as they were going out the door. Being so young, they had no idea about the worries a mother can have when her child gets behind the wheel of a car. The one I shared on Facebook was “Patience is a great virtue.” I’m sure my kids probably hated that one because it generally meant they were going to have to wait for something.

Several Facebook friends added Momisms from their mothers. One I liked was “You can get glad in the same clothes you got mad in.” Here are a few others:

“If you don’t stop crying, I’ll give you something to cry about.” (Surely a favorite of many mothers everywhere.)

“Can’t never could do anything.” (Mom said that and so did I. Maybe all mothers do!)

“Don’t worry it’ll be better before you get married.” (Talking about a minor cut or bruise.)

“Put some elbow grease in it.” (A teacher told a funny story about telling one of her students that and then the student searching the cabinets looking for a jar of that elbow grease.)

“Children should be seen, not heard.” (Not sure parents these days say that anymore. LOL)

So what do you remember your mom or grandmother saying or that you said to your kids?

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Comments 4

  1. Brenda Teague

    My mama went to be with the Lord in 2000. She had a unique language all her own. You definitely had to speak “Bonnie”, a lot of the times.
    Among her many momisms are:
    “Lord have mercy, stop that squalling. You want your face to freeze like that?”
    “Don’t matter how bad off you think you are, there’s always somebody worse off than you.”
    “Little girl, you smart mouth me one more time, you’re gonna be pickin yourself up out of the middle of next week.”
    But, my favorite was, “Honey, God made you. And God don’t make no mistakes!”

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      Ann H Gabhart

      I like “Bonnie” speak. Isn’t it good to have those great memories, Brenda? We had good moms and that is definitely a blessing I wish for all children.

  2. Melissa

    My Mama went to Heaven in 2013, one week before her 92nd birthday. People would talk about getting old and Mama would always say, “You are not old until you hit 100.” 🙂 Also, if she forgot something, she would say that the reason she forgot was because the “file cabinets in her mind were too full”. She was a wonderful Mama and I miss her dearly.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Love those, Melissa. That last one sort of shows the differences in eras. I tend to say all my circuits are busy. The kids would probably say their data storage was full.
      Glad you had your mom a long time the way I did, but I don’t think we ever stop missing our moms. I know my mother didn’t. In the midst of the dementia she suffered in her last few years was always the desire to go to her childhood home to see her mama.

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