For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill asks us to post a phrase our mom/dad/grandparent/sibling used all the time when we were growing up.
My childhood is a bit of a blur and I can’t remember too many phrases that members of my family would regularly use. Maybe that was because I didn’t pay too much attention to what my parents or my two older sisters said to me when I was a kid. That could also be why I do seem to remember my mother saying to me, “If I told you once, I told you a thousand times….”
My mother, bless her heart, was a world-class worrier. Every time I went out of the house, she’d remind me to be careful. And my father would look at me, smile, and say, “And if you can’t be careful, be good.” I later found out that the actual expression was, “Be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful.” That actually made more sense to me. Live and learn, right?
Speaking of my father, he tended to take old adages and flip them around. Like when he would tell me, “Do unto others before they do unto you.” Another favorite of his was, “Remember, son, Jesus saves, but Moses invests.” My old man was quite an inspiration.
The phrase I most remember hearing from my older sisters was, “you’re such a brat.” I think I was around ten when “brat” was replaced by “asshole.”
But I got even with them by sneaking into their bedrooms with a pair of scissors when they weren’t home and cutting very strategically placed holes in their bras and panties. That’s what you get when you call your kid brother a brat.