“MOMISMS”

There were the usual admonitions.  “Wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident.  Don’t make that face–it might stick that way.”  She had some unique expressions.  “Pass the gravy, Navy.”  “Don’t stinch yourself.”  Some of them forgotten or their meanings lost.

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“Mom, some men, like Uncle Harvey don’t have any hair–why?”

Mom ignored the question as long as she could.

“Mom, Mom, daddy’s got lots of hair.  Mr. Wilson’s got a little bit of hair.  Why is that?”

“Why, why?  What, what?”  Mom mocked in frustration.  “I don’t know.  Maybe it’s because they scrubbed their heads with a wash rag.”

For most of my life, up to young adulthood, I was very careful not to shampoo my hair with a washcloth.

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Editor’s Note: I’m on the left, in the above picture.