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Because I'm the mom and I said so!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Famous quotes are posted everywhere and on everything. They're on posters, greeting cards, backs of T-shirts, and calendars to name a few.

There're funny ones, inspirational ones, motivational ones and poetic ones. You can have them texted every day to your phone or sent to your Facebook page, wherever you need to make you laugh or just get you through a tough day.

However, the other day I blurted out another well known "mom" quote and afterward thought, if I had a dime for all the times I've said that phrase over the years, then I pondered how many grandmas' back I've heard utter that same phrase. Then I wondered why famous "mom" quotes aren't posted on a calendar or printed on T-shirts. They're just as well-known and been used by moms for generations.

As a child, I don't remember purposely filing all these phrases into a specific "mom" memory bank, but I must have, cause as soon as one of those phrases are needed, it flies out of my mouth with the same tone and melody as if I suddenly turned into my mother. I don't even know where it comes from, like some sort of involuntary response, whether I really wanted to say it or not. Weird!

Anyway, as I pondered this strange phenomenon the other day, I began to recall several of the infamous "mom" quotes floating around in my brain, and thought it might be nice to list some of the common phrases uttered by the moms in my family and give them the honor and recognition they deserve.

"Sayin 'Sorry' doesn't make it better." When they broke something I said not to touch.

"If you get hurt, don't come cryin' to me." When they wont stop "rough-housin" or "horsin around".

"Stop pickin' your nose." Why I have to repeat that a thousand times, I don't know.

"Get your feet off the seat."

"I'm gonna count to three ... !"

"I've had just about enough of this!"

"I don't care what your friends get to do."

"I'm not going to ask you again!"

"Shut the door!" For Pete's sake, they're letting the flies in. I dropped the 'born in a barn' question.

"If I have to come up there ..."

"Do you want me to pull over?!" Just tap the brakes and turn on the blinker and the fighting stops.

"Be careful. It's hot." But they still always take a bite and burn their mouth. When will they learn?

"Don't you dare spill this!" Which inevitably results in them spilling it.

"Lean over your plate." This is a daily quote said multiple times at every meal to multiple children.

"You either need to stay in or stay out." Yes, I have locked the screen door on them a few times.

"Do you want me to give you something to cry about?" Used for useless crying about nothing.

"Talk like a big girl." Obviously gender specific, but stops the whining in my house.

"I am NOT your maid!"

"Stop that NOW. I mean it!"

I know there are hundreds more out there and some I've never used personally but I can almost guarantee that my girls will be spewing out these same phrases someday.

No, they may not be written in fancy calligraphy letters on a greeting card, printed in block letters on a famous statue, or scrolled along the bottom of scenic nature photo, but they're used by moms across the nation, in all types of households and it's time to acknowledge their lasting effects and respect their history.


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Jennifer Morgan
Motherhood Moments
-- Jennifer Morgan is the mother of three girls and lives in McCook.