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Life’s Reflections: Words of Wisdom

I particularly enjoy reading posts on Facebook when they pertain to days gone by, especially words of wisdom and advice our parents passed on to us.

And, I’m thinking that’s why I got a kick out of reading those things is that I could relate to some of them.

Here are some of those words of wisdom (not all in our household though):

“Wait one hour after eating before going for a swim.”

“Don’t cross your eyes or they’ll freeze like that.”

“I don’t care who started it!”

“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”

“Your face will stay like that!”

“What part of no don’t you understand?”

“Your hands are not broken.”

“Beds are for sleeping, not jumping on”

“No pudding (or other dessert) until you finish your dinner.”

“No one said life is fair.”

“Eat your vegetables.”

“Carrots help you see in the dark.”

“I don’t know is not an answer.”

“Because I said so, that’s why.”

“You’ll take someone’s eye out with that.”

“Don’t get smart with me.”

“If someone told you to jump off a cliff, would you?”

“Close the door; were you born in a field (or a barn)?”

These could possibly have been old wives’ tales or threats but I’d like to call it advice because it made you think.

My sister, Brenda Norton, remembers several pieces of advice that Mom had to offer: “Mom always said to put yourself in other shoes. That two wrongs don’t make a right and not to dwell on past mistakes. Just learn from them. Mom always said that you should try to do one thing to your house per year to keep up on things. Such as painting or some kind of remodeling, just so that it all wouldn’t hit you at once.”

Her daughter, Jodi, remembers our father saying, “People won’t remember what you were wearing or what you were driving, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Mom, throughout our childhood, would quote from the Bible, probably because she was raised that way and she passed it on to us which was very smart and kind on her part.

The one special word of advice I’ll never forget our mother saying to us when we were younger and on a car ride: “If you ever find out you’re going to have a baby, don’t give it away.”

I am thinking she had just gotten word of someone doing that and it tore her up. Then later in life, it happened to me and her words came back in my mind, but, she needn’t have worried, I would never, ever think of doing that. And, I didn’t. She was right there with me when I gave birth to my son.

I also remember Dad making me get back up on a horse after it threw me, so that it wouldn’t know that I was scared of it. I reluctantly did get back on the horse, which took me out into the barnyard between the fence and the barn and just stood there. It didn’t work for me.

One time, I remember riding out in the country with Dad driving and, with us, were my uncle and a couple of siblings or cousins. I remember the exact location, and Dad went left of center. I said something to him about it. It was a back road with no traffic in sight and he said to me, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Sounded like good advice to me at the time.

My niece, Michelle, remembers the funny things Dad and Mom used to come up with.

“Grandpa used to say if you got hurt he would tell you it was a long way from your heart, and “Grandma used to say if we were driving through a parking lot and someone would almost walk out, she would say ‘go ahead I would like to cut your water off’,” Michelle said.

She also remembers Dad coming up with this question while on a motoring trip: “When we passed a cemetery, he would ask us if we knew how many people were dead out there. We would say no and he said all of them. Here, we thought he had a number to give us.”

One more bit of advice she remembers him saying is “to never look back,” she added.

Then a memory of Dad came to me. If we got hurt from falling from something like a horse or bicycle or tripped while running or walking somewhere and skinned up our knees or elbows, he would ask us how the object was…not how we were, because I’m thinking  he wanted us to take our mind off of our injury.

I think my parents’ advice, and lots of times, senses of humor are what made them good people. I find myself trying to use my sense of humor when communicating with my son, Jamie. It doesn’t take much to please him so my job is not that difficult.

Even though I cannot remember everything they taught us, I will always love them.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of Christine Holland, Donald Zumbrun, Roy Lee Baker, Donald L. Howell and Louise Sando.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Danny Foster, Helen L. Teeter, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Ralph Byrd, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, Michelle Leugers Enicks, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Shelley Brinley, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, D’Arleen Waymire, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
Before I go into this week’s birthdays, I want to correct the ones I think were incorrectly placed on the wrong dates last week.
It should have read:
Happy birthday to:
March 5 to Don Shilt, Angie Millhouse, Sheila Reed, Bryan Birt, Ronda Vance, Isabella Long, Troy Harshman, Luke Moore, twins Darlene Royer and Darla Brumbaugh, Debbie Hamby and Robert Holt.
March 6 to Rick Elliot, Sandy Easterling, Carrie Hall, Stacie Kammer, Rick Brewer, Gail Bankson and Betsy Kemp.
March 7 to Hollace (Stocker) Riffell, George Young, Deanne Young, Christine Nestor, Destani Mason, Diane Bickel, Linda Landis-Matte, Linda Norton Temple and Sharon Lapp.
Sure hoping this is right. Now, for the newest ones:
March 8 to Aaron Guthrie, Bradin Daniels, Nicole Williams, Dean Delk and Morgan Anderson, Janet Clemens, Tim Hiestand, Lucinda Shaner and Laura Everman.
March 9 to Lyle Cochran, Jan Riegle Turner, Richard Birt, Phyllis Oliver, Steve Brunk, Chris Barnhardt, Sharie Hammontree, Chris Barnhardt, Kathy Gragorace, Amanda Borchers, and Julie Baldwin-Hall.
March 10 to Jodi Norton Deaton, Kay Leis, Pat Spearman, Doug Cole, Staci Schmidt, Amarylis Flatter Worthen, Wilma Flack, Karen Spraley Schafer, Patty Wisner, and Amber Gelhaus.
March 11 to Karlee Jo Deaton, John Coppess, Jason Hemmerich and Phil Crawford.
March 12 to Don Lyme, Krystal Miller-Stewart, Eric Bickel, Jerry Young, David Ketring, Missy Kammer Riethamn, David Kruckeberg, Jeri Dispennette, Brian Schwieterman, Marilyn Wetzel, Kailey Hammaker, Cheryl Leeper, Diane Leeper Jenkins, Kurt Troutwine, Scott Sink, Brent Faller and Brian Saintignon.
March 13 to Margaret Hoening, Deb Sanders Staver, Heath Gessler, Brian Saintignon, Gina Ferguson, Mary Duncan and Shane Clark.
March 14 to Sharon (Mrs. Jim) Siders, Dixie Hemmerich Stickelman, Madyson Buckingham, Lily Hunton, Kenny Miller, Jesse Cline, Hazel Meyers, Joyce Dotson and Kathleen Miller.
Don’t even ask me to explain because I don’t know how that happened. So sorry.
Happy anniversary to: Becky and Larry Garrison on March 11; Jay and Amber Biddlestone on March 12; Mike and Shari Hammontree on March 13; and Bill and Jane Gantt on March 14.

Think about it: “More parents can communicate to their children with a single glance than a polished orator can impart to his audience throughout an entire speech..”–Author Unknown

It is very probable that parents of children who have made faces like these or crossed their eyes have been told that if they keep it up their faces will freeze like that. It did in the Moody household, I’ve been told.

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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