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Mom's Sayings

Did she tell you that a lump of butter on the bump on your head (followed by a lump to eat) would cure it. And that vick on your chest did not make you lose all your friends at school. That your gloves dangling from your coat sleeves were attractive. And that everyone at the sea side wore knitted swimming trunks ?.......Andrea

No but there was: *Cod liver oil is good for you *Don’t talk under the monkey puzzle tree otherwise you'll turn into a monkey *I wasn’t born yesterday (knew that was true anyway!...........Tony

And did you get sent to the shops for a pot of elbow grease?......Derrick

My husband - when the children were small and dropped a bit of food - could it be from HIS childhood - used to say ‘Your mouth is just under your nose’. Our younger daughter still laughs about it, especially if we are talking and miss a bite and it falls. My Mother (Yorkshire memories -mine are) used to say ‘Every time you talk you miss a bite’ It is one of mine to the grandchildren. I think ALL our Mums said the same, Dads too........Jean

Did all moms get these sayings from a manual given out at the hospital? Along with: Look with your eyes not with your fingers. If you don’t stop crying I will give you something to cry for! Don’t pull that face... if the wind changes you will stick like it! The ones I never understood were " what you know and fourpence wouldn't buy a haircut??????? and "You know what thought did.... followed the muck cart and thought it was a wedding! The really worrying thing is when you hear yourself say them to your own kids!.......Jill

I agree, when you say them to your own children, you know they are etched in your memory! The same comments were made to us, with variations. The "thought" one we were told- Thought, thought his feet were out of bed, and got out to see.!!! One fact I found very early on, was adult minutes were at least twenty times as long as a child's one! At least my Mother's were......Helen

Can I just say how much I've enjoyed all the "B’ham Memories" - as an "old" Brummie in exile I can relate to them all. Who can remember tyre bowling , collecting bomb fragments, double British Summertime and long, long sunny days [ did it ever rain when we were young ? ] Can any one remember the rhymes we used for "picking sides" - eg "one potato, two potato, three potato more -----------etc? Thanks for the memories, Jack. During the 1945 election, we used to sing the song : 'Vote! Vote! Vote! for Mr. Churchill, Who's that knocking at the door? If it's Attlee and his wife, We will stab them with a knife, And they won't go a-voting any more!' Anyone remember sitting on the railway embankments waiting for the American and Canadian troop trains to come by and hoping the troops would throw out sweets and chewing gum - we used the railway line at the back of Sydney Road, off Garrison Lane, Small Heath. Mike Walker If anyone wants to continue with the Nostalgia thread then there is the GEN-TRIVIA-ENG-L-request@rootsweb.com I am on that list and it was started for just this reason. Why not pop in and give it a try. It may seem confusing to you at first as we keep the list going with lots of banter but just ask a question or lurk for a while!! It is a fun list...if you join just say *Di sent me here! :-)) Diane DAVE DO YOU WANT TO PUT THIS IN AS WELL? IF YES I WILL GO THROUGH AND AMEND IT BUT AM NOT GOING TO BOTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT IT! Thought this might interest you if you haven't seen it before (if you have, then please forgive me!). I'm not sure about the 'old wives tales' at the beginning, but the childhood memory bits further down the message are quite good I thought! Brian From: "Jeanette Shermer" To: Subject: [EoLFHS] Childhood memories and some true facts from 1500's > A few weeks ago I started a thread on another notice board, Called > "Childhood Memories" the list was full of listers memories. some of the > listers have said they have kept them in a file for future generations to > read. > I found these iteams and thought this list would find them interesting. > **************************************** > > Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water > temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to > be...Here are some facts about the 1500s (I don't know the source!): > > Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May > and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell > so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. > > Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had > the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then > the women and finally the children-last of all the babies. By then the water > was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it-hence the saying, "Don't > throw the baby out with the bath water." > > Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath. > It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and > other small animals (mice rats, and bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained > it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the > roof-hence the > saying, "It's raining cats and dogs." > > There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a > real problem in the bed room where bugs and other droppings could really > mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung > over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into > existence. > > The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence > the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery > in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh on the floor to help keep > their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until > when you opened the > door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the > entranceway-hence, a "thresh hold." > They cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. > Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly > vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, > leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the > next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a > while--hence the rhyme, "peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas > porridge in the pot nine days old." > > Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When > visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a > sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a > little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat." > > Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content > caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and > death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or > so, tomatoes were considered poisonous. > > Most people did not have pewter plates, but had trenchers, a piece of wood > with the middle scooped out like a bowl. Often trenchers were made from > stale pays and bread which was so old and hard that they could use them for > quite some time. Trenchers were never washed and a lot of times worms and > mould got into the wood and old bread. After eating off wormy mouldy > trenchers, one would get "trench mouth." > > Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the > loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust." > > Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes > knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would > take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the > kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and > eat and drink and wait to see if they would wake up-hence the custom of > holding a "wake." > > England is old and small and they started out running out of places to bury > people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a > "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out off 25 > coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised > they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string > on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the > ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard > all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone > could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer." And that's > the truth... > (And whoever said that History was boring?) > > *************************************** > > For Those Of You Born Before 1940, And we Know There Are A Couple Of You Out > There, Here Is Something Of Interest: > > > > WE ARE SURVIVORS > > We were born before the age of TV age, before polio shots, frozen foods, > plastics, contact lenses, frisbees and the pill. We were before > refrigerators, dishwashers, tumble dryers, electric blankets, air > conditioners, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, ballpoint pens and > before man walked on the moon. We got married first and then lived together. > How quaint can you be? > > In our time, closets were for clothes, not for "coming out of". Bunnies > were small rabbits and dishes were for washing, not receiving programs from > outer space: Designer Jeans were scheming girls, and having a meaningful > relationship meant getting along well with your cousins: > > We thought fast food was what you ate during lent and cold turkey was what > you ate on Boxing Day: > > We were before house-husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers > and commuter marriages. Divorce was something that happened to film stars: > We were before day-care centres, group therapy and nursing homes. We played > with dinky toys, wore liberty-bodices and took a daily dose of cod liver oil > and malt. We drank Ovaltine, ate porridge and listened to the Goon Show, > Workers Playtime and Housewives Choice. We had never heard of Radio 1, tape > decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors or yoghurt. > For us, time-sharing meant togetherness, not Spanish Holiday Homes; a chip > meant a piece of wood, hardware meant a shop where you bought hammers and > nails and software wasn't even a word! > > In 1940 "Made in Japan" meant poor quality and the Koreans and Taiwanese > hadn't even started production. Pizzas, MacDonald's and instant coffee were > unheard of. We were born when everything in Woolworth's cost one penny. For > sixpence you could take a tram ride, go to the cinema and buy an ice cream. > In our day cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was mowed, coke was a > cold drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was a lullaby and > Aids were for those with hearing difficulties. We were certainly not before > the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely before > the sex change, we made do with what we had and we were the last generation > to think you needed a husband to have a baby! We typed letters with manual > typewriters, did computations by hand, and used carbon paper to make copies. > We used telephones without buttons or dials and fax was something you looked > up in a encyclopaedia. We did business with handshakes and trust and somehow > it ! > all worked and we survived. > > Jeanette Shermer wrote: I am a Child of the 1950's.> > > Great time to be born, eh? :-) > > > Then "The JUBBLE" a wax carton with orange juice in that could be > frozen, >> > I remember them as Jubblys. You very rarely saw them in unfrozen form > when I was growing up in Langley Mill, Derbyshire, but I remember loving > to get one on a hot day in summer (well, I *remember* us having hot > days!) and sucking hard at tem so the orange came out of the ice and > left a clear section. > > > > a "LICORICE "(liquorice) stick this was a twig from a European plant > used > > in medicine and confectionery - cost 1d. > > would suck it then spit it out. > > This was better that taking syrup of figs! > > > I never had those, though my Mum used to recall them. I used to like > processed liquorice in a hard form. I couldn't tell you the proper name > but it was obviously moulded in a round shape and then stamped at one > end to form a flat portion with some indistinct writing on. > > > > We would go to the Granada Picture House, High St. Walthamstow, London. > on a Saturday morning (Children only films) 9am - to - 12.30pm. cost 6d. > mum could do the shopping. > > Ah! The Heanor Empire on Red Lion Square! Their kids' shows were on > Saturday afternoons. I remember all the pre-War serials they still > showed. I'll bet Flash Gordon is the one everybody remembers but I > remember one that nobody else seems to have heard of - The Thunder > Riders. A cowboy-based serial where a group of men would emerge from > their secret, underground world - a big flap would drop, Thunderbirds > style, in the side of a mountain - and right wrongs. > > Keith - feeling really nostalgic! B-) > ************************************************************* > > Camphor blocks in a hanky strung round the neck as an alternative to > Thermogene pads ! > > Jeanette Shermer - wrote: > I put camphor blocks around my childrens necks in the 1970's because my > children kept getting colds, and I rememberd that my cousins had them around > their necks and they never got colds. It works ! my children never got colds > when they had camphor blocks round their necks after that. > Please Note: DO NOT do this if a child has asthma. > <<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>> > In retrospect I'm sure most of these doses were a form of punishment > preferable to a clip round the ear. > Anyone remember leaving Paddington Station and seeing the large metal > Virol ads on the left hand side ? " Growing boys need it ", "Delicate > girls need it ". It was with some disappointment at the end of a row of > such questions to find the last ad said VIROL. My aunt worked at the > Virol factory at Perivale and always had acouple of jars for my sister - > it was a girl thing as I had halibut oil & malt tastier than cod liver > oil. > My wife assures me the liberty bodice rubber buttons were for a > "combination " set which included knickers with button holes. You learn > something new every day! > Last word ! Did you know the clinic issue orange juice didn't mix with > brandy - it just stayed suspended like an egg yolk - I got a clout for > that. > > I do hope some of you have found these writing interesting if not quite > funny. > Jeanette Shermer
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