Old Sayings

"My Dad used to always say......."
"My Dad used to always say......."

"Old Sayings"

I am sure most of us can remember some "Old Sayings" our parents or grand-parents used to repeat to us day after day. While some of those "Old Sayings" had merit, some were just amusing or down right irksome, like " Eat your vegetables because---" or " When I was a kid I -------."

Whatever thoughts we might have had of the "Old Sayings" at the time, one thing was for sure, they would somehow manage to stick in our heads, and in time, we would often find ourselves repeating some of them.

That is exactly what happened to me one day while I was doing a product demonstration in our local grocery store. I was a couple of hours into the job, which was just handing out free calendars and coupons, and I found it to be very boring. It was not hard work, it was just very tedious, and I found myself watching the clock waiting for lunch so I could take a break from it. After lunch, I just did not have the energy to want to continue for another four hours and I found myself thinking that I would surely have to find a way to cut this day short. It was at that time that one of my Dad's "Old Sayings" popped into my head !

All of a sudden I was not a mature woman standing in a grocery store but I was a little girl of about 8 years washing dishes at our big old sink in my childhood home. I was tired, and bored, and was trying to convince my Dad to let me out of washing the dishes so I could go play. That is when I heard my Dad's voice speaking from behind me:

"When a job is once begun,

never leave it 'til it's done,

be the labor--great or small,

do it well, or not at all."

(--Author Unknown)

This poem that my Dad used to recite to me, brought me back to reality. It was one of those "Old Sayings" that had stuck with me all these years and one in which I had tried to base my life upon. I had often recited it to myself in years past while doing mundane jobs and it had always revived me and kept me going. Today was no different! Upon hearing those words again, I decided to do the job well that I had begun and in so doing, I was able to shift my focus from boredom to ingenuity and concentrate on the doing my best with the time I had left.

I began to smile and look for ways to productively pass the time. As I smiled, people smiled back and became interested in my product, and as I shared with them the time seemed to pass faster. I found by not focusing the clock any longer, I was able to focus more on people and that was not boring, in fact it became quite rewarding!

As I began to re-think my strategy, I started to walk around the store instead of just standing in one place, and this brought me into contact with many more people, some of whom I probably would not have been able to contact if I had stayed in my one area. I also came upon people who needed help finding things they had been searching for and I was able to direct them to the products or find a store clerk who could assist them.

Very soon it was time to pack up and go home and instead of being glad that my work day was over, I found myself wishing that I had more time. As I left the store I carried with me the sense of a job well done. I felt I had made an important impact on society that day by my willingness to do a good job, smile, and be helpful to my fellow man.

Thank you, Dad, for this "Old Saying" of yours. It still rings true in my mind and heart and it is a message that I will be pass on to future generations.

May this reflection of mine also be an encouragement to parents and grand-parents today, to keep on trying and not give up even if you feel the things you are teaching your children or grand-children are just falling on deaf ears---some things always stick---you never know which ones they will be, so keep on trying and maybe someday your "sayings" will pop into their heads and help them make it through a difficult day.

©2007

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lilmizmoore 9 years ago from Portage

Sayings are how I remember my parents, and I catch myself repeating those sayings as an adult.


minnieme 9 years ago

my parents always say sayings but i never remember them


luke 8 years ago

my great grandma said use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.


ktanskey 8 years ago

Does anyone remember a saying "Wreck of the Hespriss"?????? I'm not sure of the spelling. I would like to know the origin of the saying, etc.


LittleLady 8 years ago

Someone just said to me. "I say any time there is a rone (I'm guessing they meant ROAN) near home, I'll take it. Does anyone know what this is supposed to mean?


Denise 7 years ago

Where did "handle with a kit glove" come from?


pj 6 years ago

were did blowing your trumpet come from


Bill Payer 5 years ago

Denise, the saying is "To Handle with Kid Gloves" meaning to be carefull, refering to if the gloves were made from the soft hide of the young goat, the Kid .


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

@ktanskey "The Wreck of the Hesperus" is a narrative poem by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

In the UK we would say that something or someone looked like the wreck of the Hesperus if they or it looked a real mess.

My dad would say "It looks like the wreck of the Hesperus in here" if my room was a mess. It makes me smile to think of this now but I don't think my room put much of a smile on his face lol...

It is funny how sayings from over sixty years ago can still pop into my mind yet I can walk from my living room to my fridge in the kitchen and think to myself now what have I come in here for lol...

Thanks for the memories this hub and its comments evoked :D


Unknown 2 years ago

Let me tell you something that will change your life. Donald Trump once stated: "Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make." This saying is extremely self-explanatory. The famous man is revealing that his life has educated him to be yourself, hence listening to your gut, and going your own way. Doing things that one knows she loves to do is better than just blindly following a leader, who says that she needs to do something just for the sake of doing it. Finally, sometimes some of the best things on earth are the ones that weren't discovered yet. That makes sense, correct?

This quotation relates to my life in a myriad of ways. People have always said that I shouldn't like a particular food, show, and other things because that was what they didn't like. They wanted me to be like them, in eighth grade, well, some of them did. I did not have a chance to listen to my gut. Secondly, my dad got me some DVD's from Ocean County Library that I didn't want to watch a couple of times. The most recent one is something that is like, 'Home Alone," which is something that I used to watch but do not anymore. This is just like following a leader without knowing anything about him or her. As the case with discoveries, I have never tried a new food yet, like pork. I will though someday, when I am up to it. Maybe then I will discover something I really like and want to eat every day!

Don't let what I described happen to you or anyone you love! Remember the words of the businessman Donald Trump, "Experience taught me a few things...", and your life will be changed in a good way, sometime. I guarantee it!

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