life lessons taken from the life history of my mom.
My mother had many phrases that she would quote on a regular basis. They formed a mantra in my mind. Some of them I hated, at least for a while. Most of them have proved true. A few examples:
You catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar. I really didn’t like this one, but mother quoted it to me often, I was much older before I finally realized what it meant…things go smoother when you are pleasant, the Spirit can be there and influence a situation when there is not a sour attitude. (add what you thought earlier in life)
I whistle a lot, mother would say whistling girls and cackling hens, always come to no good ends… I still whistle, it is just the music bubbling out but I still get grief from my family, maybe it is irritating, I will have to ask.
Mabel, Mabel, strong and able, get your elbows off the table. I actually like this one and used it with my children, it is a fairly pleasant way of teaching good manners.
Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without. This is an old quote from the depression era or old times, I’m not sure. But I do know that it came from less material times then the era of plentiful material goods that my children grew up in. One thing that my children said to me that pleased me was, “Mom & Dad made do with what they had”.
If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
Two wrongs don’t make a right.