... While compiling a list of things my mother used to say after the last Stringer
Meeting, I couldn't believe how I made it this far! We were the last of the
"Innocent Generation" and never, ever thought that we were being "nagged".
Wait until your father gets home.
Go ask your father.
Don't speak unless you are spoken to.
Eat your vegetables.
It's good for you.
Think of the poor starving children.
Be on the front porch when the street lights come on.
Don't come crying to me if....
Don't touch that, you'll get sick.
Eat your carrots, they'll give you good eyesight.
Don't scratch that bite, it will leave a mark/scar.
Don't talk to strangers.
Come straight home.
What a good girl, have a cookie.
Shame on you for saying that your brother has cooties.
Sit on that chair and don't you move.
Don't lean back on that chair, you'll swallow your tongue.
Because I said so, that's why.
Respect your elders.
Wear clean underwear in case you get in to an accident.
Turn down the radio, you'll hurt your ears.
Don't sit so close to the television, you'll hurt your eyes.
Don's cross your eyes, they'll stick.
Don't tell a lie or your nose will grow.
Close the door. You don't live in a barn.
Don't forget to brush your teeth and say your prayers.
Make sure you bring home the change.
Put something on your head so you don't catch pneumonia.
Sit like a lady.
Young ladies don't whistle.
Say "May I please be excused".
Get off the telephone and do your homework.
I told you that was hot.
All that glitters is not gold.