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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Childhood Sayings

Well, not much happening around here to speak of. It is cold and I opted to stay inside and read some blogs. On one of my blogs I read they talked about going to Sam's Club and looking at a five pound container of sour cream and needing seventeen cups. How many cups were in the five pound container? While they were pondering that a little lady behind them said "a pint's a pound the world around" and they were able to figure how many containers was needed.

Well, that phrase set my little pea brain to thinking and remembering. It's pretty good at that so I taxed it trying to come up with all the phrases I remember from my childhood. My Grandma and My Grandpa used to teach me all this stuff and maybe I picked up some of it along the way. Some was even before I started school at age 5 in the second grade. I can't remember all of them I knew but here is a few. I still remember repeating this one for company when I was very small.

Spell Mississippi: M-I- crooked letter, crooked letter -I, crooked letter crooked letter -I, hump backed, hump backed, -I

Arithmetic: A Rat In Tom's House Might Eat Tom's Ice Cream.

Colors of the rainbow: ROY G BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)

Geography: George Eliot's Oldest Girl Rode A Pig Home Yesterday.

Directions (clockwise): Never Eat Slimy Worms (NESW).

I learned to spell because this way: Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants.

And the order of planets this way: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) This doesn't apply any more since Pluto is not a planet.

To set the table remember items on left have even numbers. Left -4- fork -4- napkinn -6-
On the right they have odd numbers right -5- spoon -5- knife -5- glasss -5-

Desert and Dessert: Desert has one "s" for sand and dessert has two "s" for seconds.

Cemetery (all the e's are buried: CeMeTeRY.

Great Lakes in order: She Made Him Eat Oranges (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario)

and of course the one that started all this thinking. "A pint's a pound the world around".

My favorite rhyme of all was the one my Grandmother taught me when we walked out into the back yard, my hand in hers:

Star light Star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.

And my Dad's favorite saying "That's It For Today!".

5 comments:

Debbie and Rod said...

Okay I can relate to these but I learned the Great Lakes by spelling HOMES (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior) and the planet saying can be changed to Noodles (Neptune). Get it??

Debbie

Joe and Sherri said...

I wish I had a grandma. Mine died the month before I was born. She told my Mom that I would be a boy and she was going to take me fishin with her...never made it...Oh well maybe we can do it later...

Joe

Leno said...

My oh my Jenny, how in the world do you remember so much! What a wonderful memory you have.. Once again I enjoyed.

Anonymous said...

HOw many blogs do you read and which ones? I'm wondering if I am the only one out here who follows sevral.

You do a good job on yours.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

"a pint's a pound the world around"
I guess the lady hadn't been to England. A pint is 20 fluid ozs there!!
The only phrases I remember are from Morse Code about the short and long dashes.
"Elephants In Straw Hats"
& "Ten Miles Off"
Happy Trails, Penny, TX