SoCS — All in the Family

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.

10 thoughts on “SoCS — All in the Family

  1. bikerchick57 May 7, 2022 / 6:45 am

    Well, I hope you use scissors more diligently these days. 😉


  2. Marleen May 7, 2022 / 11:56 am

    My dad’s dad used to say, “She’s a fine girl.” I think it got on one of my aunt’s nerves (although Grandpa died when I was five). She has some completely inexplicably hostility toward me (which made itself known within the last year). She seemed, in Kettering me know, to be expressing some leftover resentment toward her little brother along with it (who died about five years ago). One of the reasons my grandfather made this statement, I have been told, is because my aunt was hyper involved with potty training her kids [among other things motherly and physical and somewhat understandable in her being a registered nurse but, also, think Freud]. My mom didn’t hover and talk about it so much, but Aunt … would put her analytical nose into what was not her business. My mother eschewed much interaction with this aunt (but not in any overt confrontation) most of my life.

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  3. Marleen May 7, 2022 / 11:57 am

    “Kettering” (?) should be letting

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    • Fandango May 7, 2022 / 4:19 pm

      Yeah, I figured that.


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