For those of us who were fortunate to grow up in the 1940’s and 1950’s, we were taught many valuable lessons of life by our parents.  Growing up during those times meant the use of disciplinary action taking place for any little transgression.  An important part of child rearing was the all-important rules on living that was passed on through parental advice.  I think of them as my parent’s little pearls of wisdom.  So, here are some of the ones that are so dear to my heart and continue to resound in my ears.


My mother taught me PATIENCE 

“Just wait until your father gets home.”

 My mother taught me to APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE:

“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

My mother taught me RELIGION: 

“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL: 

“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

My father taught me about his CHILDHOOD & TOUGHNESS: 

“When I was your age, I had to walk to and from school through six feet of snow, uphill, both ways.”

My father taught me LOGIC: 

“Because I said so, that’s why.”

My mother taught me MORE LOGIC:

“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, I’m not going to take you to the store with me.”

My mother taught me  FORESIGHT:

“Make sure you have on clean underwear, you never know when you might be in an accident.”

My mother taught me OPTIONS & CLEANING:

“Wipe that smile off your face or I’ll wipe it off for you.”

 My father  taught me IRONY:

“Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS:

“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM:

“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

My mother taught me about STAMINA:

“You’ll sit there until all those vegetables are gone.”

My mother taught me about HEALTH & THE NEED FOR SLEEP:

“I am just sick and tired…”

My mother taught me about WEATHER :

“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

My mother taught me about WORLD AFFAIRS:

“There are starving kids in Africa, so eat your supper.”

My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY:

“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!”

My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE :

“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..”

My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION:

“Quit acting like your father!”

My mother taught me about ENVY:

“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

My mother taught  me about ANTICIPATION:

“Just wait until we get home.”

My mother taught me about RECEIVING:

“You are going to get it when you get home!”

My mother taught me about SORROW:

“You are going to be sorry, when we get home.”

My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE:

“Stop crossing your eyes, do you want them to get stuck that way?”

My mother taught me ESP:

“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

My father taught me about REPERCUSSIONS:

 “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT:

“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

My mother taught me GENETICS:

“You’re just like your father.”

My mother taught me about my ROOTS:

“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”

My mother taught me WISDOM:

“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.

My father taught me GENEROSITY:

“This is going to hurt me more than it is going to hurt you.”

My mother taught me about JUSTICE:

“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.”

My father taught me about KNOWLEDGE:

“How damn dumb are you?


And my all-time favorite:

My father taught me CONFUSION:

“Well, what do you have to say about this…shut your mouth when I am talking to you.