Because Mom Said So!

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I am sure you have all said this when your kids have asked you a question..."Because I said so!"

Several times this week, a recurring story has surfaced. The first one I read on a blog. While at a family dinner, the cooks in the kitchen were preparing a ham. One cook chops of each end of the ham and then puts it in the pan. With a quizzical look, another person asks why she did that. The response was that Grandma did that. So they go and ask Grandma why you cut the ends of a ham off. Her reply was that her Mom did it so she always did. Asking Great Gran why she cut the ends of the ham off, her reply was, "So it would fit in the pan!".

My daughter had called one day in May and was wondering if she could wear a pair of white shoes. She lives in a warmer climate and I said of course, why not? She then told me because "you said so!...YOU told me I couldn't wear white shoes before Memorial Day". I did? Then I remembered that my mom had told me this and I am sure her mother told her the same thing. I'm sure Emily Post had something to do with that thought! It certainly doesn't apply to today's times but it was something that was practiced "because Mom said so!"

These little habits hang with us for whatever reason and become a part of our daily life. So many we don't understand but we do them because our Mom said so. Little idiosyncrasies that stick with us. Are you practicing any peculiar "because mom said so!" mannerisms or habits? Why do they seem to stick with us?

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Audrey said…
LOL..I remember the white shoe rule. And I still obey it. Sometimes!

There is also the waiting one hour after eating before you can swim.

And don't cross your eyes - they will stay that way!

Sheesh! It's amazing anyone survives childhood.
Hit 40 said…
I do a lot of things because my mom said not to do them??? Does this count?? LOL!!!
clairedulalune said…
oh, I was brought up like that too! I lived my grandma a lot and everytime some one puts shoes on the table, I scream blue murder and swipe them abrupty to the floor! no idea way, but my grandma used to get holy water out and everything when it happened, so it must be really bad! Hope you are well!
clairedulalune said…
oh, I was brought up like that too! I lived my grandma a lot and everytime some one puts shoes on the table, I scream blue murder and swipe them abrupty to the floor! no idea way, but my grandma used to get holy water out and everything when it happened, so it must be really bad! Hope you are well!
Moonshadow said…
I can't think of any momisms right at the moment but I had a different reason for cutting the ends off the ham. I saved the ends for when I cooked a big pot of beans leaving the rest of the ham to slice up nicely.

There's lots of common "don'ts" that we hear repeated often, such as...

...don't run with a stick or you'll poke your eye out.
...don't stick your tongue out or you could bite it off.
beth said…
I'm sure there are many...but often I did what she told me not to do....

and my kids....I know I say "because I said so" all the time...

I wonder what they'll think when they have their own kids someday...maybe they'll say "that grandma of yours is a very smart woman".....I can only hope !
The one I remember most is "don't swallow your gum" because it will plug up your butt. Hopefully someone else has heard that one also...please!
drollgirl said…
oh, mom's have such a big impact on us! i find myself following in my mom's footsteps OFTEN! sometimes it horrifies me; sometimes not so much! hahahaha!

hope you have a great weekend!
LENORENEVERMORE said…
haha...it's so true!
I can relate so well- Have you watched/read 'Joy Luck Club'?...the power mother has on us! Great weekend dear friend~ XO*
Sandra said…
i have nothing to say....because my brain is so caught up in major coveting of those shows! i may be a sloppy old stall-mucker but i still have a strong shoe addiction, i just don't feed it. but those shoes.........
It's weird, a lot of the things that my mom did that bothered me I am now doing myself. Oh no! I'm turning into my mom, not cool!
I have an oil popper, just as my parents do. When I make popcorn, I "test" the popper by putting 2-4 kernels in the oil, popping them and then doing the rest.

There is no logic to this whatsoever. I friend pointed it out once and I stopped.
Judy said…
Don't swallow the watermelon seeds, a melon will grow in your belly!
Missy said…
This rule does not apply after 18! My two over 18 sons have completely forsaken their mother for girls! I can still pull this off with my eleven year old!
Nancy said…
And I still can't bring myself to wear white shoes before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. BTW are those your cute shoes???
Delena said…
My mother always said, put your running shoes on in a thunder and lightning storm. Better to be safe?
Love this post, really makes you think back. She also said, don't take drugs, it screws your head. I thank god really listened to that one!
Liss said…
OK, my mum told me not to drink straight from the tap as worms might come thought the pipes.

Needless to say this worked and I don't drink straight from the tap.
I have to admit, I don't wear white after labor day and not before Easter, no matter how hot it is outside! Funny!
Oz Girl said…
I can't think of anything mom may have told us right now, only because my brain is on rest this weekend after my first full week at my new job. :) I'm sure I probably abide by some, just can't think of them at the moment...
Ha, you're so right! I don't know why it sticks with us. I guess it becomes a part of who we are x
TheChicGeek said…
So cute, Alicia :) I remember the "White Rule" LOL
I break it all the time!
Don't tell my Mommy...LOL

Have a Happy Day!
My children ask, "why do you ALWAYS leave something on your plate?!" Took me a while to recall that my mother said, "polite young ladies do not wolf down everything on their plate". I truly HAVE to leave something on my plate it's like a ritual or perhaps a nod to my departed mother.

Great question !!
vicki archer said…
LOL someone has to tell us what to do!! xv
I'm Julia said…
Are those your shoes?

The only white shoes I have a tennis shoes.
I'm Julia said…
ARE tennis shoes, geez... my learning disability is showing.

(ps... that's a pirate ship)
Same way for me too. Do as I say not as I do....Whats up with that statment ? Have a great day..Kathi
Relyn said…
I love this post. These ideas and this question. Now I have to go read all the comments. The "my mom said so" I can think of quickly is this, "Be careful. Your face just might freeze like that." whenever a pout or grimace is in view.

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