Common Phrases Heard While Growing Up

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.


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