I was talking to one of my brothers the other day, and we remembered some of the things our mother used to say to us:
"Scrub your scalp when you wash your hair, but not with your fingernails."
"I'm so mad I could spit!"
"I'm going to hang you up by your toenails!"
"We should throw you into the lake!"
I never quite understood how I could hang by my toenails, or how she would even get a hold of them firmly. And I thought getting thrown into the lake sounded like fun. I actually remember trying to spit to see if it made me feel any better, or even angrier.
I guess I say things like that to my kids, too. I wonder what they will remember from me? There are phrases I say often enough that maybe I ought to patent them and start earning royalties:
"Chores first, then play."
"Clean up this room right now!"
"Then do it until it is clean."
"Fair does not mean the same."
I guess many of the things I say over and over are related to getting chores done. Maybe I should say less about work and more about what is really important.
"Listen for the answer in your heart."
"I think you are terrific!"
"I love you"