|Posted on October 9, 2010 at 12:55 AM|
My Grandmother, Rhoda Angeline Bugg, was born in 1902. She was a small lady; kind, soft-spoken and hard-working. She milked cows, til her arthritis wouldn't let her work anymore. I can remember visiting her each summer and going to the barn with her to see the new calves . For breakfast, there was always country ham, eggs and her special homeade grape jelly - all from their farm.
Grandmother had a quiet sense of humor. This could be seen in the little things she told her children, when they were small. Her sayings were a kind and fun way to help her children learn a lesson or just for a laugh.
The mountains have lots of nursery rhymes and sayings that are fading from memories. Here a few of my Grandmother's sayings.
If a child said, "What fer ?" . . .
Grandmother answered, "Cat fur, to make a kitten a pair of britches."
If some one said, "Huh ?" . . .
She answered, "Little pig says 'Huh' "
"Pull his tail, he'll say 'unh huh'."
When a child sneezed, . . .
She said, "Scat cat ! Get your tail out of the gravy !"
If a child said, "Hey" . . .
She'd say, "You better save that hay; you might marry a mule some day."
If someone said "My nose itches" . . .
" My nose itches ? . . .
Somebody's coming with a hole in their britches.
You get the needle and I'll get the thread.
You patch his britches and I'll put 'em to bed."
One final word of wisdom . . .
"A burned child is scared of fire."
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If you'd like to hear more Mountain Nursery Rhymes and Children's songs, try to find a copy of:
Granny Will Your Dog Bite, by Gerald Milnes,published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.,1990
Categories: Mountain Memories