INTROSPECTION, The Board Game’s Question of the Week for May 20, 2012: Did your mother or father have any, “stock” sayings that you can recall?
This week’s question from Introspection, The Board Game comes from the “Your Family” section. My answer is a definite, “Yes!” If you guessed correctly, move your game piece forward by the roll of the dice! I remember mostly the sayings that my father would tell us kids. It is funny that I don’t remember any saying from my mother. Of course, there were the usual sayings from dad like, “If you are going to do anything, do it right” or “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” He sometimes had conflicting sayings depending on the situation, like, “I am going to try something, even if it is wrong” or “If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything.” When my father was in his seventies and he had heart disease, he was always fond of saying, “I look good on paper.” The paper he was looking at must have been flawed because he died way too young at the age of 71. Some of my favorite sayings from my dad was about, “the belt.” Just the mention of “the belt” was enough to get my attention! Oh yeah, that reminds me, my mother did often tell me to, “wait until your father gets home!” That was usually enough to straighten me out, temporarily, while I sucked up to mom for the rest of the day! My all time personal favorite saying from my dad came when we went on vacations in the family car. We three kids (ok, mostly me) would be acting up and he would turn around in the driver’s seat, raise his arm to hit us (me) and say, “I’m going to turn around in a minute and there is going to be nobody left but me!” That mostly worked. I do regret that I was not a better kid growing up and that I gave both of my parents way too much grief. Oh, that reminds me of another saying from my mother or was it a threat? She would always tell me that she was going to, “ send you away to a military academy.” I am very glad that they did not.