A few #8216;Mom-isms#039; to ponder

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Mother’s Day arrives this weekend. It is the busiest day of the year for the phone companies with more call placed this Sunday than any other.

The florist shops will also likely do brisk business, as will jewelry counters, card shops, candy shops and restaurants as we honor Mom (and let this serve as a friendly reminder to those of you who let the occasion slip up on you!).

I ran across a little book called &uot;Thanks, Mom!&uot; which celebrates all things &uot;Mama.&uot;

My own mother will be away visiting with my oldest sis in Birmingham come Sunday, but I hope she will read this column at Deb’s and get a smile from

some of the &uot;Momisms&uot; I ran across.

And if you haven’t called your Mama lately, be sure you do this weekend.

Parents are precious commodities, and, trust me, they won’t be around forever. Read on, and see if these remind you of anyone – including yourself.

n When you have a house of your own, THEN you can make the rules.

n Beauty is as beauty does.

n Put that down, you don’t know where it’s been.

n Remember who you are.

n If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

n It’s only rain – you won’t get wet!

n I’ll leave the light on for you.

n Who are you going with and do I know them?

n You didn’t learn that in THIS house!

n Don’t read in the dark, it will ruin your eyes.

n Be polite and kind.

n I’m not talking just to hear my own voice.

n Don’t make me come in there.

n Someday your face will freeze like that.

n I’m not everybody else’s mother – I’m your mother.

n I wouldn’t make you do it if I didn’t love you.

n You just have big bones – from your father’s side of the family.

n Say your prayers.

n What do I look like, the maid?!

n Call me when you get there, just so I know you’re OK.

n Mind your manners.

n What, you want more money? Well, the people in Hades want the ice water but you don’t see me with a water pitcher.

n You WILL eat it, and you WILL like it.

n Did you actually use soap in the shower?

n I hate when you drive alone at night.

n I will always love you.

n You will miss me when I’m gone.

n You’ll understand when you get older.

n Call me.

Have any &uot;Momisms&uot; you would like to share? E-mail me at the address listed below.

Angie Long is Lifestyles reporter for The Greenville Advocate. She can be reached at 382-3111 ext. 132 or via email at angie.long@greenvilleadvocate.com.