My Nannie was a lady. A true Southern lady. She seemed to always have the perfect comment for every activity that I did that displeased her lady likeness. She never said ” Don’t do that” to me but she had a comment that gave me pause. I thought I would share a few with you tonight.
If we were sitting on the swing and I was talking too much, she might say—–“Silence is golden”. Hmmm. That is pretty clear cut!
How about—-“Pretty is as pretty does”. You might be pretty but if you were mean to others, the pretty didn’t matter at all.
“Children should be seen and not heard”. That one is easy. Probably she said that to me when I tried to horn in on the aunties and their adult conversations!! Actually I finally realized that I heard a lot more if I was just silent!!
“What if your face froze like that”? Pouting and frowning were not acceptable childhood behavior.
“Act like a lady”. Be kind, be respectful to others, don’t stand on your head in front of others! I knew she meant not to show my undies!
And one of the most famous to me was the big underwear saying . It was-” Always make sure you are wearing clean underwear when you leave the house. You never know when you will be in an accident and have to go to the hospital. You don’t want the nurses and doctors to see you in dirty underwear”.
And yes, I am wearing clean undies!