There are a few adages, expressions and sayings we all use in the course of
our everyday lives. I am sometimes amused how people are not familiar with
some of them. Like someone in their twenties, the other day looked at my work
shirt as I was entering my apartment building, having been in the dusty, dirty
warehouse working all day.
I laughed at the way she glanced down at my shirt saying, “I must look like Pigpen
She looked at me askance, like, “Huh?”
I said, “You know the character in Peanuts?”
Still a blank look, then I mentioned Charlie Brown’s friends in the different
specials, listing Halloween (with the Great Pumpkin) and Christmas.
This was more of a cultural reference than a saying, but times are changing,
some of the next generation are not going to remember the comic strip,
“Peanuts,” by Charles Schulz, sad to say…
I have included some examples of when one or more of my grandchildren
‘misinterpret’ the meanings of different expressions or put their own
little ‘spin’ or twist on them.
At the end of this, I hope you will be able to add a few of your own and
may even have a story to share about one or more of these!
When I recently found a penny on the sidewalk, I just could not resist
saying that old Benjamin Franklin adage, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”
Dear Marley (age 5, in kindergarten now) looked solemnly up at me and
replied, without missing a beat:
“I think you need to find a better job, Nana!’
When I was singing the “Clean Up” song, made famous by Barney, the
purple dinosaur sung at daycares and preschools everywhere to get
the boys ready for the pool. I mentioned that I like to leave the house,
“picked up” so when I get home, I can sigh in relief. My oldest grandson
asked me if I needed the song to pick up things, “Does singing that song
motivate you, Nana?” Being 10, I should get used to his witty comments
but I had to smile for that one!
Then, since Micah was moving slowly, just plunking one toy at a time into
one of the little containers that collects toys, Skyler ‘told on’ his little
brother that he ‘wasn’t doing his job.’
I looked at Micah and said, “Are you passing the buck?”
He said, “You mean you hid a buck for us to find if we cleaned hard
That cracked me up!
When we got to the pool, I mentioned that I had 3 cold bottled waters
and two cookies apiece for our first rest break. I explained we would
buy a snack at the 3:00 break. When it was approaching 2:45, I asked
whether the boys would like pizza or what is called, a “Walking Taco?”
They both asked for this, so I headed to the snack area, telling them
to meet me back at the towels or to come meet me to carry their snack.
Micah (age 5) scrunched up his face, “You are confusing me, Nana!
Which way do you want us to go?”
While we were lounging in the grass on our towels, Skyler made me
“Shouldn’t we be walking around with our taco?”
I replied that he was ‘so corny.’
He said, “Corny is, as corny does.”
I looked at Micah to see if he was confused but to him this made perfect
sense, I am corny, therefore my descendants will be, too.
Later, (just FYI, my 10 year old grandson is considered a Husky size 12)
when we were walking to the car leaving the pool, Skyler mentioned
a fact I did not realize he was aware of,
“Now, Micah, we need to take off our bathing suits as soon as we get to
Nana’s house. Remember how I got ‘chafed’ the last time I wore my suit
around the house?”
When we were leaving to go to my house for a sleepover, I mentioned that
we were going to be able to go to a fast food place for dinner and should
choose it now, then we could do what Skyler suggested, wear our pajamas
and play a game of monopoly. I added since I had just been paid I could do
this, when usually I try to cook when they come over. I asked the boys,
“Where would you like to go to order dinner?”
Micah got excited and said,
“I saw a commercial for McDonald’s and the fish sandwiches are “Buy
One, Get One For a Penny!” (also true of Big Mac’s, this past week.)
I smiled and nodded my head, watching the people in their cars trying
to maneuver out of the Mingo Pool and Park area.
Micah added with a tone that sounded very ‘knowing’,
“And Nana, I will have the one that costs you only a penny!”
When we were in the drive-thru, I ordered salads and sliced fruit,
then asked if the boys would like to have one of the $1 yogurt parfaits
later for dessert or I could buy them cones in a cup?
When Micah made a face, as the words, “yogurt parfait” came out of
my mouth, I could see his face. Skyler could, too. I had put the car in
park, behind a line of thru. I started to describe the layered parfait
that has strawberries fat vanilla flavored
Sky piped up,
“Don’t knock ’em, till you try ’em!”
When we were finished ordering, I made mention that I had never
eaten biscuits and country style sausage gravy. I was looking at the
breakfast menu for the morning.
Then I remembered I had milk and cereal. No pancakes tomorrow morning
but maybe I could make them cinnamon toast.
I went on to chat about at our work there is an annual fundraiser where the
breakfast includes this item, when you buy the meal the money goes to JDRF.
(Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.)
I mentioned that my ex-husband, their other grandpa, “Poppy,” is diabetic.
He would not even be able to eat this food they serve, though the money may
help people with diabetes in the future.
Then I asked, “Do either of you like biscuits and sausage gravy?”
Instead of answering, Skyler asked why I had not tried this breakfast
food before? I replied back that my Mom and Dad, with my brothers
had grown up in Cleveland, where there are many Polish citizens. I have
had a lot of breakfasts where we ate kielbasa sliced up and fried or bacon
with our eggs. Oh, I love kielbasa cooked up with onions and potato with
cheese pierogis, too.
I reminded them that “Papa” (another grandfather) was a West Virginia
man. They like sausage and gravy. I do know how to make hamburger gravy,
which he liked very well, served over buttered toast.
Micah then retorted, “Those are two different things, that is like comparing
apples to oranges!”
Skyler told me this is one of his newest favorite expressions that Micah picked
up at the babysitter’s. He also encouraged me to try sausage gravy, since it is
like Sam, the guy in “Green Eggs and Ham,” (Thanks to Dr. Seuss for this one!)
who eventually tried green eggs and ham and loved them both, everywhere you
When I was out with my four grandchildren a couple of weekends back, we
headed to first one park (Blue Limestone) and then to another one, (Mingo
Park), went to get ice cream cones for 59 cents each at McD’s, except for
Marley who makes a bargain with me, trying to finagle something else for
more money, since she is lactose intolerant. When I glanced down at my
cell phone while we were in line, she smarted off,
“What’s the matter, do you have somewhere else you need to be?”
(She is a little parrot, has been since she was 3! You just know her Mom or
Dad said this one to someone, not necessarily to one of the kids, though.)
When we sat down with our ‘treats,’ I again looked at the phone, but
this time Lara asked me why I was checking my phone so often?
I answered, “Usually your Mom will let me know when they have finished
eating dinner out, give me a ball park time for when you need to be home.”
Landen, (age 9) said another adage, “No news is good news!”
While they had finished their desserts, I handed out gum to help remove
the food particles, they usually ask for gum often. I looked at my dwindling
supply left and said, (my frugal self often says this anyway)
“Now try to make this last!”
It could not have been more than 6 minutes of them playing on the McD’s
play tower, when Kyah, (age 3) came running over to me, her piece of gum
on the tip of her pointer finger,
“Here Nana, I know you are running out of gum, can you save this for later?”
When I was leaving them at home, I hugged and kissed each of them,
saying goodbye and until we meet again.
We walked up to the door as they entered, I reminded them to take their
shoes off, which was hurriedly acknowledged by Lara, (age 10):
“You know if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem!”
Were any of these expressions ones you repeat often? What are some
common sayings or adages you associate with your family?