WISDOM FROM OUR GRANDPARENTS - PROVERBS, SUPERSTITIONS and OTHER RULES OF LIFE

My grandmother, Kate, was a 'walking proverb'. She had one for every occasion. 

 

She also had little superstitions, that guided her behaviour, and to this day some of them have stuck with me.

 

Other things she said were neither proverbs or superstitions, just sayings she used each time a particular situation would arise and she wanted to make a point.

 

Since we are such a wide-spread KASfamily, I wonder if 'wisdom' like this is universal, or if each country has its own versions.

 

Let's share our grandparents' wisdom sayings to see what we can come up with and have some fun.

 

Please do not list more than one proverb, one superstion and one saying per post so that we all have a chance to 'digest' them.

 

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When my grandmother was serving food, she would sometimes say "Eat up, this will put hairs on your chest!". Well as a child, I took this literally and I didn't want hairs on my chest!!!! My brother would eat up and we would study his chest very carefully in the days that followed! The saying seems to be quite common in the UK, it means of course the food would make you strong and healthy, but it is also said  sometimes when offering someone a strong alcoholic drink!

My son's hair has thinned greatly, I think I will share with him your wonderful saying Gloria, it certainly would be true for him:))

Regarding my grandmother (and mother) saying that by eating my food it would put hairs on my chest....... I was a good, obedient child who loved eating........ :))

HAHAHAHA ... Chris, is this a school picture?  I would love to say what a beautiful child you were, but ... well ... ah ... um ... definitey interesting ... tee hee hee

Charming photo of you, Chris.  We had the same saying in our house.  As a child, I hated the crusts on sandwiches, and always left them.  My brother would tell me to eat them, it would put hairs on my chest - hardly an incentive to eat crusts.

I remember hearing  this one a lot, too (eat up and it will put hairs on your chest)....though I think only when we had male cousins or friends visit, as we were a family of four girls......lol.

PROVERB:  once bitten, twice shy

SUPERSTITION: if you drop a fork on the floor, you will soon have a female visitor, if you drop a knife, a gentleman will soon arrive.

Funny thing - I don't remember her saying anything about spoons.  Maybe if you drop a spoon, you are just plain clumsy!

My mother certainly used this proverb, as do I!

I've never heard that one.

This reminds me of something my grandma and mom used to say.  When they were washing up after a meal, if they dropped the dish cloth they would say, "Hurry up, clean up, company's coming!"  

For years, if I dropped my dish cloth, I would check the house for dust because I figured company was on the way.  Funny thing is that sometimes company actually did come ... hahaha

Same with me. Glo!  Amazing how fast you can clean up if you drop a fork or knife - now I will have to worry about dropping the dish cloth too.  Thanks, I think!

Here's one of Grandma's sayings I meant to include above.  She would use this when we were pleading for something, or when one of the family was complaining about not being able to afford something new they wanted.

SAYING: I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.

Anne, my mother said that soooo often ... and for the same reason :) xo

I remember my grandmother saying this, also for the same reason.

I am finding it fascinating that we have so many words of wisdom in common :))

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