Advice only a mother can love

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My mother was always quoting me those old favorites such as “always change your underwear; you never know when you’ll have an accident.”

“Don’t cross your eyes or they’ll  freeze in that position.”  Or how about  “Be careful or you’ll put your eye out.”

“What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?”

“Close that door! Were you born in a barn?”

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“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”  and “Don’t put that in your mouth; you don’t know where it’s been!”

The one that always caught me up short was “Pretty is, as pretty does.”

I never paid much attention to these tidbits of advice, but low and behold I was feeding them to my own children two decades later.

My mother – a woman born and raised in the South – had more rules for girls than boys, but here are a few more that I’m sure originated with her mother and grandmother before her.

*  Ladies never, ever drink beverages out of  cans.” As  Freshman at the “W” – this same advice was offered in our “charm” class along with instructions on how to sit with your legs together.

*Ladies shouldn’t be heard when walking – step lightly and don’t clomp along.”  She always said I walked like a bull in a china shop.

*People judge you by the quality of your shoes.

*Don’t chew gum in public and never, ever point.

I bet you can think of others….. Happy Mother’s Day!

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