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Today’s Tip:  Capture those adages!
My Nana had a million sayings!  She used them all the time and pretty soon, there I was saying them too!
“Find a pin and pick it up and all the day you’ll have good luck.”  “The storm is over when there is enough blue in the sky to make a Dutchman a pair of britches.”  “Sing at the dinner table and you’ll have a drunken spouse.”  “If the raindrops dance, the weather is going to change.”  “To each his each.”  “Tuck a napkin in, Bus Andy always did.”  “Break a mirror and have seven years bad luck.” “Bad luck comes in threes.”
Many of these had a good reason … finding pins in the home of a tailor, which is where my Nana grew up, was good on the feet and saved some money on new pins!  Some I have no idea where they came from, but I know I started saying them to my children at some point in time.  
Many of these adages, such as the pin saying, now have less of an everyday meaning.  My grandchildren look at me when I say it as if I am nuts.  My children think I am refering to a pin number for the ATM, and my wife just shakes her head at me!  But inside I am smiling at my Nana for saying it to me.
Every so often something will hit a chord in my memory and one of these wonderful, old family saying will pop into my head.  Now I write them down, note the attribution as best I can remember, and put it in their notes on the family tree.  
These saying were a rich part of my Nana to me and I want to save them for others.  They reflect the times.  They reflect some of the beliefs and idioms of a bygone era.  Capturing these adages and sayings helps put much more than just a name and dates on our family trees!  An important part of our work is capturing the texture of our trees, not just the names and numbers!
I suggest you do the same with the sayings that were popular with your ancestors.  Save them, attach, them and weave them into the tapesty of your family tree.
And some ….. well, some are just plain as true today as they were 120 years ago.  My Nana was right …. bad luck always does seem to come in threes for me!
Onward To Our Past,
Scott
  1. Michelle Goodrum Reply

    Good tip. My dad would always ask if I had "two bits" when he needed a quarter. My kids have no idea what I mean if I say that!

  2. Scott Phillips Reply

    Michelle, I love it! I had forgotten about two bits! We used to have a high school cheer … two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for Roehm stand up and holler!

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