The other night at dinner Tall Boy sprung the news to my husband and I his school had an open house the next night. My reaction wasn’t one of joy.
“Mom, open house for school is tomorrow.” – Tall Boy
“Really? I don’t remember seeing the email. That’s too bad.” – Mother
“You always say that, Mom.” – Tall Boy
“Say what?” – Mother
“Say, that’s too bad”. – Tall Boy
“No, I don’t”. – Mother
“Yes you do”. – Tall Boy
“You do, Mom”. – Little Boy
“You have a bunch of things you say all the time. You repeat the same sayings over and over.” – Old Boy
“What are you talking about? What do I say over and over?” – Mother
For the next half hour at dinner the family proceeded tell me quotes I use on a daily basis. Every mother has a few quotes to be remembered by, but apparently I have more than the average mom. This morning when I woke up my husband kindly (or not so kindly) left a list of my quotes for my on the counter. Ten quotes isn’t too many is it?
That’s too bad.
I say this one a lot. It’s used when I’m not happy.
“Mom, Dad said to tell you the washing machine is broken.”
This quote is used when my boys won’t stop talking. It’s self explanatory.
When I feel frazzled I use the quote to remind myself what I need to do. I used this excessively teaching the teenagers to drive.
This is another quote to show my unhappiness for a situation.
“The guys will be over soon for a sleepover, Mom.”
Stop bothering those people.
This wonderful quote isn’t an original of mine. My husband overheard a mother saying it to her annoying son while waiting in line at LEGOLAND. I use it to remind my boys to be good in public. Not sure who “those people” are though.
The thing is…
Here’s another stolen quote. This one comes from my older sister. She says this all the time to explain a situation. I use it to explain things too.
“The thing is…money doesn’t grow on trees. Dad and I don’t have money to hand out when you waste your money on new muscle shirts.”
All mothers say this quote. This one is used mainly for my little son. I remind him to stay on task and get the job done.
A morning routine saying. This one means, “Hurry up people or we’ll be late again.”
What’s happening in the land of ___________ grade?
I like this quote. I say it instead of the usual, “How was your day at school?” It has a fill in the blank section that makes it easy to say for multiple children.
Don’t forget about trash and recycling.
This quote is said everyday to Old Boy. It’s his job to take out the trash and recycling and he never remembers. I do a daily reminder for him. He hates this quote, but if he did his job I wouldn’t need to remind him.
I’m sorry to hear about that.
Another one of my “I’m not happy to hear that” quotes.
“Mom, we are out of toilet paper again.”
Mom’s are supposed to have famous quotes. Years from now when I am gone they’ll have happy memories of their mother’s sayings. At least I hope they’re happy memories. If they don’t that’s too bad.