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?