A very important person was born on this day, January 17th. I know; you think I’m referring to Benjamin Franklin. Au contraire. I mean my mother, Hazel Saunders Corson, born on this date in 1890. Today I want to share with you some of her catchphrases, or what I have come to cherish as Hazel-isms. I have made an attempt to categorize them for ease in reading, but some defy being put into a category.
On death and dying
If you were born to be shot, you won’t die hanging.
The old must [die] and the young may.
No one gets out of this world alive.
They’re not dead yet. [In response to questions of the evil prospering]
If I was complaining about food or acted like I expected her to wait on me
Who was your servant last year?
Oh, the star boarder doesn’t like it?
If you don’t like it, change your boarding house.
Advice on life
Everything will be all right.
Don’t skate out on thin ice and then ask God to save you.
You can’t get blood out of a turnip.
I hope your face doesn’t freeze that way!
You can’t put an old head on young shoulders.
Time will tell.
******Don’t burn your bridges.****
As I was leaving the house
Here’s your hat, what’s the hurry.
Goodbye while you’re handy.
Write if you get work.
You should have your head examined!
If someone should drive up in a hack and ask you…
Go peddle your papers.
Go bag your head.
Take off your coat and stay awhile.
If it was a bear it would bite you.
Will wonders never cease?
So that’s the story!
Another country heard from.
First one to sleep, holler.
Talking about me
She was vaccinated with a phonograph needle.
She can hear the grass grow.
© Dorothy C. Judd
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