A Comical Character
The elderly woman known as "granny" had many things to say, and she was't shy about sharing her opinion with anyone about anything. My family and I visited her for years before we lost her in the early 90's. Some of her sayings were passed down to her by her family, amazing tidbits of lore which I have never heard anywhere else.
"Come visit me, or I'll have a hissy," she used to tell us. "Hissy" meant a hissy fit. A hissy fit is...well...it's hard to explain, but you don't wany any grannies throwing them. They're awful. At least that's what she wanted us to believe, and we always came to visit her.
"When a rooster crows and it isn't morning, it's a goin' to rain," she'd say. Sometimes when she'd visit me and hear my roosters crowing she'd say, "Yep, it's going to rain." Sometimes it did rain soon after, and I'd wonder if there were any truth to it.
(Parenthetical note: if the sky darkens from impending rain, the roosters do seem to crow more.)
"I knew you was comin'. My nose was itchin'."
Granny always said that if your nose itches, company will come. Sometimes allergy would make my nose itch something awful, and if granny saw me (although she couldn't see too well, as she was legally blind), she'd say, "You're going to get company." I'd always try to imagine who it might be, even though I didn't really believe in superstitions.
Candle for the Sick
"Come in, come in. I'm sick, but I've got the candle burning."
If anyone in the house were ill, Granny would light a candle claiming that the fire would purify the air and burn off all the germs, making it okay to enter without being exposed to the sickness, and helping the sick person get well by fighting away the airborne pathogens.
Granny had a "weather yarn" which consisted of a piece of yarn affixed to a wooden board in the shape of a donkey, with the yarn forming the donkey's tail. The saying below it said:
If the yarn is limp, it's humid.
If the yarn is stiff, it's freezing.
If the yarn is gone, tornado!
No Long Hair
Granny wasn't afraid to make personal remarks that offended people, for good or ill. She told anyone with long hair who was over 40 years of age that they needed to cut it short.
"People over forty shouldn't have long hair."
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