Tuesday, January 15, 2008

behave!



When I was little there was one thing I was told not to do (besides play with matches, run with scissors, etc, etc...). I was told --Do not say "SHUT UP" because "BE QUIET" is just so much nicer.

As an adult I have stuck with this rule and I cringe when I hear the frowned upon phrase uttered.

P.S. I'm sure I wasn't allowed to do head stands on my bed, either!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just today I was giving my 14 year old grief about chewing gum in a very loud and rude fashion! I can hear my Mom " If you must chew gum please do so in a manner so that we all don't know the color, flavor and the size of your tonsils!" She was a hoot! Bramble

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I was also told to say "be quiet" and I too still cringe at the words "shut up". Also, I was not allowed to say "butt" but "bottom" and still can't stand to hear "butt" either- but I now call it "booty" because I think it's just funny.
Michelle

Lori said...

oh i would HAVE to say: "respect your elders" and LOL i am rapidly becoming an elder!!!

The Feathered Nest said...

What a great post, Amy! One thing that I was taught as a child and have taught my own children as well, is when an adult asked me a question, I responded with "Ma'am or Sir?" and my children are the exact same way. As a form of respect for someone older that you, it was the right thing to do, then and now. I still have many people compliment my husband and I both about our children's manners (I've even heard our boys correcting their friends!).... xxoo, Dawn

Shelley said...

Hi Amy, my Mom told me when I was little , not to sit to close to the T.V. or it would damage my eye sight. She really thought it to be true . Funny isn't it?

Happy belated Birthday to your sweet Anna !

Blessings,Shelley

Lori said...

Oh gosh Amy, I'm Polish Catholic and boy did we have alot we were told!!! One that is so stuck is never use the excuse that you had a funeral and couldn't be somewheres else or someones was sick that's why you missed a commitment! If you said either of these two they would happen in your home! Another that at my age now I get was never ask a woman her age, tisk-tisk! Another was you must always dress up for church, no jeans, Sunday best only. To this day I would never think to go in them. But the one that I love and so reminds me of my wonderful Mom whom I miss so much is to never leave the house without your hair done and makeup on!!! I even do my hair and put makeup on to go have surgery!! LOL Love, Lori

She'sSewPretty said...

my mom was full of superstitions. Drop a fork and a man was coming to dinner. Hand itched? Money is coming. Knock on wood was probably her favorite phrase. My mom was like your mom with the lipstick. She never went anywhere with out it. I don't think I've ever worn out a tube of lipstick though.

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

I was taught all the above; but I was also told not to pick my nose in public. I wish more people had been taught that.
Blondie

Anna T said...

I still remind my children that the last thing you say to someone might be the last thing you will ever be able to say to them.
As I get older I think about this more and more.
Anna

Secondhandrose said...

I just found you blog and enjoy it. I'm in Ohio also. Come for a visit. Love the lipstick story. I carried around the empties too. They were much prettier then.
Karen

red tin heart said...

Mom Always said, wear clean underwear, because you could get in a car wreck and die.
But I told her Mom if we die in a car wreck we are going to poop our pants anyway.
xoxo Nita

Mary Isabella said...

My grandmother taught me never to ask anyone to do anything I was not willing to do myself. I have tried to pratice this all of my life. When I ask someone to do this I can hear my grandmother saying those words.So I try to make sure I would do it before I ask someone else to do it.....Smiles...Mary

Kentucky Bound said...

Respect your elders, clean up your plate, don't pick your nose, ALWAYS wear clean underwear. Shoot, heck, darn, dang, crap, shut-up meant the same as the "real thing" and use of one or more was grounds for punishment.

Veronica said...

I was forever told if it was once it was at least a thousand times to always sit like a lady as in not to show the world anything and to never ever cross your legs because if you do you will have varacose (sp) veins. To this day I always make sure my feet are crossed at my ankles and never cross my legs. And at the ripe old age of oh my gosh okay so almost 50 I don't have one vein.lol
Guess mom did know best. Now ask me again when I am 70 if I have those veins and I will let ya know.

sister sheri said...

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Still works for me! I found your blog via Kentucky Bound. Look forward to catching up on your blog!

Jeri Aaron said...

This might sound odd but my daddy always told us never to think we were better than other people. That always stuck with me and as I've grown older, I now realize his statement had much more meaning than I first understood.

Angie(quillysilly) said...

Hmm...I was told lots of things, but the one that I can remember that definitely happened was " Don't pick on your brother. One day he'll be big enough to pick on you!" And boy did that one happen! Love the blog...Toodles...Angie

Kerry and Rachel said...

I was taught to say thank you and show appreciation for other in many ways, notes, kind deeds, kind words, and small tokens. Showing appreciation for another's kindness goes a long way.

The Urban Chic said...

Amy, I have 2 favorites. One was we had to stand when an adult entered the room and I still do that out of habit. One of the other rules was "If you don't behave, the devil will pull your toes". So until 2000, I always slept with my feet tucked in under the covers. Pat