Do you remember all the sayings your family use to use? Grandma use to say she was “perking along” and people knew what side of the bread their butter was on. When grandma gave us something it was often in a sack or poke. She also often said, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” (that never rubbed off on me) When she bought something, it was brand spankin new.
Daddy was always going to put the kibosh on someone. Anytime my parents were talking about someone and you asked who they were talking about they would answer Jake Shout.
When my mother was in a hurry she would say,” I’ll give it a lick and a promise.” When you didn’t clean up your plate you heard about the kids starving in China and when the weather turned bad or there was something bad on the news, it was the Russian’s fault.
My aunt Bessie would say things like, they were drunker than Cooter Brown and if the good Lord’s willing and the water don’t rise.
Then there were the saying you heard everyday from people all over town.
A skeleton in the closet.
A watched pot never boils.
A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
Two peas in a pod.
All the tea in China.
Dead as a doornail.
According to Hoyle.
Bats in the belfry.
Best laid plans.
If it’s not broke don’t fix it.
By the skin of your teeth.
Cat’s got your tongue.
Early bird catches the worm.
Go soak your head.
Heavens to Murgatroyd.
Don’t know shit from shinola.
My mother would always tell me to hold my horses.
My uncle would say bing, bam boom or Bob’s your uncle. I never understood that one.
I’ll end with, older than dirt. Not happening to me. No way! When I it 60 I started going backwards. I’m now 54. Pretty soon I’ll be younger than Jill.
by Nancy Stach
photo by Jill Eudaly