Parental Sayings | Words of Wisdom



Both my parents were good for the “Old Sayings” however my Dad Edward G. Palmer had a knack for them. But my Mom Mable Palmer was not far behind. Now as I’m older I find myself remembering these words of wisdom and repeating them.


If you lay down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.

Straighten up and Fly Right.

I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

You made your bed now lie in it.


If you can’t say something nice about someone don’t say anything at all.

You never know who you may have to call on.

If you mess up you clean up.

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

That’s a “Change of Life” Baby.

All that glitters is not gold.

Old Wives Tales

My mother had a great respect and fear of thunderstorms. Torrential rain, thunder and lightening had Mom calling us indoors to sit silently with the blinds and curtains drawn, the TV, Lights and radio off nor were we allowed to make phone calls or answer the phone. Mother used to say that thunder and lightening was God working for the devil beating his wife. Now I would say that God is always working and I was surprised to learn that the devil had a wife!!  It is raining now in New York but all my lights are on. However my mother was born in West Virginia and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Maybe that’s were those expressions came from.



There’s no Fool Like an Old Fool.

She’s No Spring Chicken.

The Gift of Selective Hearing

Totally UnRelated or Things That Make You Hummmm……

One of my duties as a museum security guard is to check the elevators at the end of the day. We must make sure that no museum visitors get left behind when the building closes.

I have the gift of hearing things that no one has said. At the end of one day my co-worker & fellow guard said to me, “Is there anybody in the elevator.” I heard, “Elvis is in the alligator.” So perhaps Elvis is in the elevator and the alligator ate him!! Or maybe this is all part of the “Insanity Claus.” Kris Kringle’s Mad Twin Brother!  Go Figure?!! LOL!!

They’re Coming to Take me Away Lyrics




Miss you much Mom & Dad. Wish I could hear your voices once again.

10 thoughts on “Parental Sayings | Words of Wisdom

  1. Beautiful post. We don’t realize how wise are parents are until we become much older. I’ve heard many of the same and I STILL believe when it is storming that sitting quietly or even taking a nap is the best recourse until it is all over! Enjoyed this, B Blessed! 🙂

    1. Yes. So True. Sometimes as I get older I believe I’m turning into my parents!! 🙂 As rainstorms usually occur at night I try to sleep. My cat Sylvester hides in the closet!! If the rainstorm is during a workday then there is no option to nap or sleep. The job must go on! Thanks!

  2. Parents are indeed very wise. My parents too had so many sayings and my father still distills his wisdom everyday with old adages and proverbs, sometimes folk sayings of his own village too.

  3. I love that song
    Not many people know of that song
    There’s another one I like
    Does you chewing gum lose its flavor
    Things that make you want to go hummmmm
    That’s another one I love

    1. Yes. I recall that song. Does Your chewing gum lose it’s flavor on the bedpost overnight!! Signs of being a Baby Boomer: I’m a walking music library Jukebox!! LOL!!

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