Common phrases heard while growing up in the Curtis household …
“Do you own stock in Con Ed?” Dad – when we left lights on after leaving a room
“I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it!” Mom – doesn’t everyone’s mom say that?
“I’m going to see a man about a horse …” Dad – before my time, during his drinkin’-with-the-guys days, but I loved hearing the stories about him saying it as told by my siblings, especially because one of them always thought he was going to bring a pony home
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” Mom – I don’t think I ever heard her swear
“Was your father a galss blower?” Dad – when we stood in front of the television he was watching
“Pick yourself up, brush yourself off and start all over again.” Mom – simple, sweet and encouraging … annoying at times but I’d give anything to hear her say it again
“Shit or get off the pot!” Dad – I like to think this was his way of saying that life is short so stop hemmin’ and hawin’ and go for it
“Ba fanabla!” Mom – I don’t know if I spelled it right and I’m not even sure I know what it means, but I’m thinkin’ this was her way of swearing
“I love you.”
Mom & Dad –
I realize this is not said regularly enough among families, and I am thankful for having beautiful parents who said it to me often and for my siblings who continue to tell me.