Thursday, June 3, 2010

Magpie Number Seventeen





a few choice quotes from Mother:  

your face is going to freeze
be careful for what you wish
be careful with what you say
it's time to go outside and play!

bored ~ you can't be bored
I was never bored at your age
read a book .. write a poem
pretend you're an actress on the stage!

do not put that in your mouth
you don't know where it's been
over my dead body
it must have been your evil twin!







28 comments:

  1. That is brilliant!

    Sums up my daily barrage of axioms, lol!

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  2. That was great....why? BECAUSE I SAID SO!

    - Dina

    (I swore I'd never answer my someday-kids with that ridiculous answer, but find I use it daily now that I'm embedded in kid-dom!)

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  3. Absolutely love that. Very creative. I can remember the same thing exactly. Good job.
    QMM

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  4. Helen this was great and yes, I remember hearing all those things from my mother & my grandmother. I also have to admit that I adopted a few of those lines myself!
    A wonderful poem Helen & a fantastic Mapie!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Hi Helen. What a wonderful poem. I recognize it all. Nice to meet you though you are gone for the summer. Enjoy your time away. I'll be in Oregon sometimes this summer too. My son lives in Beaverton.

    Annie

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  6. This is great! Be careful, I might steal it to paste on Facebook - only kidding!

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  7. ha ha..this was so funny!

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  8. I think we've all been here-either on the giving or receiving end! Or both! Love it!!

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  9. Excellent poem! Brings back memories and does make me feel rather fortunate to be making the rules now!!

    CJ xx

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  10. Excellent! Very funny to read!

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  11. This is great. You made me laugh first thing this morning! Thanks.

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  12. Yup, definitely srikes a chord. I think everyone can relate to being told these, or telling them. And in a lot of cases, both!

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  13. Heh-heh! I used to tell my kids their faces would freeze that way.

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  14. Terrific! I not only remember these lines from my childhood, I passed them on. They so suit the expression on the face!

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  15. Great take on the prompt - I could almost hear my mother (and me!)_

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  16. Wonderful! You hit every one of my parents (and ultimately my own) 'words to live by'. I now hear these repeated to my grandchildren by my children. Isn't life great?

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  17. ..... and a perfect way to usher in summertime with it's long hours of boredom and driving mom crazy :)

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  18. So it is really true what my mother used to say about wind changing and expressions sticking!

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  19. Helen,
    So many truisms cast with the poet's nib; how wonderfully appropo!
    rel

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  20. Oh, yes, been there, said that!

    Well done!

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  21. And the atrocious moment in a child's life when, grown up, they can hear themselves speaking those exact same words to their own children.

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  22. smiles. i hope you have a great summer...and one day they wil think of you when they say the same to theirs...

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  23. This is fun..and the mouth never closes, does it??

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  24. AND, I understand now that I am older! I remember my Mom saying some of these things and now I am the one repeating them!
    This made me smile.
    Happy summer!

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  25. He he......I was taken right back then! Only, I really WAS the evil twin - always annoying my identical sibling!

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  26. brave,
    kids learn when they become parents..
    Thank you for the insightful tale!
    cheers!

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  27. hah! written from experience--love the take on the prompt---great magpie!

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  28. I think I've uttered all of those sayings at one time or another. Great Magpie! :)

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