Ann Parker here, every other Thursday bloggin' at the LadyKillers, with a confession: many of my favorite quotes are those old tried, true, timeless (and yes, sometimes trite) phrases that fall trippingly from the tongues of mothers (and fathers) everywhere.
One of my mom's most repeated quotes is the one at the top of this post.
There were four kids in the family, so lots of whining and grumbling about the unfairness of this, that, and the other. Mom probably got tired of pointing out the generally random nature of life, but it did eventually sink in. And, over the decades, I've discovered that, gosh darn it, she was right. Life isn't fair. But that doesn't mean life is bad, or hopeless, or not worth living... In fact, just the opposite. It's comforting to know that when "bad things happen to good people" (or good things keep happening to bad people), it isn't because good and bad is being carefully partitioned via some crazy algorithm I don't understand and have to chase after, catch, and examine until I "get it." It's just... life. And that is very freeing, to me.
So, thanks, Mom!
Here are a few more "Mom-isms" that pop to mind:
- "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."
- "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."
- "If you don't stop making that face, it will freeze that way!"
- "This too shall pass."
- "Money doesn't grow on trees."
- "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well."
As I write these, I could swear my grandmother (that is, my mother's mother) used to say them to us as well. Could it be? It certainly could.
It's interesting how some quotes stand the test of time and remain alive, passing from generation to generation, and others don't.
So, what about you? Did your parents (or grandparents) have favorite quotes or life lessons that they repeated to you and that you took to heart? If so, what were they?