I had the great pleasure of hosting several of my girlfriends for a while on Sunday afternoon for a session of laughter, man-bashing (LOL), strategizing, reminiscing, and just plain girl time that always does something wonderful for the soul!! Do you know about those kinds of girl afternoons!? Women at their best....I LOVE it!!
Whenever such afternoons occur, it is inevitable that I quote my mother. Her birthday is next week, and she would have been 79 years old.
Zouri Irene Boone Burke was a phenomenally independent spirited lady who was so very wise and witty. At first meeting, she was shy and carefully observant of you, although she was good to offer sparkling eyes and a genuine smile. But when you got to know her, she was practical, extremely funny, and had a way of "cutting to the chase" that all who knew her enjoyed.
(Doncha just love her glam photo, probably taken in 1949 or 1950?)
I don't know the origin of some her sayings, but see if you can appreciate the wisdom (and humor!) in them!!
1."Every tub has to sit on its own bottom."
Is that true or what!?! Even when I'm teaching quilting classes, I'm reminded that I am not responsible for other people's choices, and they are not responsible for mine. You wanna use that color!? I probably wouldn't, but it's your quilt. Do what you want! :-)
2. "[They] let their skimmer leak." Huh!? :-D
|Mom's and Dad's wedding day, 1952|
3. "If cows pooped butter, we wouldn't have to churn!" And yes, she actually said "pooped."
:-D No "blackguarding" from my mother! :-) Mom believed hard work would solve most problems in life and anything worth having you'll probably have to work hard for. The equivalent would be "no free lunch!" In this age of entitlement, a reminder that cows don't poop butter might be important to teach, huh?
4. "The more you stir manure, the more it stinks." Mom used this one mostly in reference to running down gossip and trying to determine who did what to whom when... Nonsense!! Don't sweat the small stuff. The more it's gossiped about or fretted over or messed in, the uglier it's gonna get. Better to let it go!
5. "Some people wouldn't be happy if you pooped in their plate." LOL We're country and grew up on a farm; poop figures prominently in our reality and our vernacular!! :-D Mom wasn't especially sarcastic, but this one is a classic!! The wisdom? Some people you can never make happy!
There's many, many more of these "Irene-isms." :-) As you might imagine, I'm keeping a list of them to include in her memory quilt.
I've shared her one intricately pieced quilt before....
She loved my quilts, but it was "dreamin' of the 'tater hole" to think she'd make another one with little pieces! :-D
"A wife of noble character who can find?" the author of the Proverb wrote.
"She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue...Her children arise and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:26, 28
I was very blessed to have such a mother. I'm doing everything I can to make sure my children can say the same!!
Do you have any wise sayings from your family to share?
In Memory of Irene Burke
September 26, 1932 - May 10, 2007