1. You’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off
This is something my grandparents used to say to me after she gave us a 2 liter bottle of soda and told my brothers and I to go play in the yard. Looking back on those times, I think it may have been their intentional entertainment. Lol!
2. If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times
Growing up this was a common phrase I heard when rough-housing with my siblings. It seemed all adults, back then, knew all the same lingo. I just figured they were reading the same book about “How to talk to your children.“
3. What? Were you raised in a barn?
Let’s face facts, my parents thought my siblings and I were animals. I can’t really argue their logic or their clever choice of comparison. The seven of us didn’t proactively keep our rooms clean.
4. In my day we didn’t throw anything away
The longer adults are living, now-a-days, the more opportunity they have of acquiring more STUFF. My father tells stories about his parents’ lifestyle during the Great Depression. They had to be thrifty and every object and resource had a purpose, there was very little waste.
5. They just don’t make things like they used to
This, we all know, is true. The world has developed ways to stretch natural resources and make cheaper products. They don’t make cars with the same quality metals, craftsmanship is lacking in newer homes and furniture is made of compressed cardboard and sold in warehouse quantities.
6. Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse
Grandma’s favorite advice when we’re rushing through life trying to jump over steps to get ahead. You can’t be a successful engineer without some schooling, or cook a gourmet meal without some experience and surely you won’t drink the whole glass of milk before you eat a chocolate chip cookie.
7. Shut the door, we’re not heating the outside
Those of you that lived in less ideal climates (say anywhere in the North Eastern US) knows exactly why this one was on a steady repeat.
8. I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know
This was a conversation I first overheard when I was 12. I found it was an interesting way to express wisdom and experience. Although generally used in an argumentative environment, it’s probably true. The reason I’ve always always looked up to my elders, they’ve seen and learned more than they can possibly share.