“A man’s a man for a’ that.” Borrowed from the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who likely meant it to express social equality, Gran used it to explain why a nice young woman would marry a pathetic schlep of a man, a real loser, just for the sake of getting married.
“Paper takes on anything.” Gran’s word to the wise to not assume everything in a catalog is as it appears, and that disappointment may come when you see it in person. I think she would have agreed this can be applied to computer screens and webstores too, and I bear it in mind when doing online shopping.
“There is nothing stranger than folk.” Gran’s response to any tale she heard of a person’s antics that were bewildering, whether they were poor choices or just odd behavior. It explains many things in life, and makes them less bewildering if one allows themselves to be satisfied with this explanation.
“A man running for his life would never notice.” If you made a mistake on a project, this old expression was Gran’s word of comfort to not fret about the flaw. Obviously the standard was pretty low, because a man running for his life doesn’t care about your arts and crafts, but it was her stamp of approval, which I welcomed.
“Too sweet to be wholesome.” Used whenever she thought a seemingly kind and lovely woman was nothing but a phony with ulterior motives, she knew just who to label this way, and I paid attention.
“Every penny is a prisoner.” With plenty of experience from the Great Depression as well as other times in her life, Gran could knowingly nod and share this expression concerning economic hard times.
“There are millions of women in the cemetery, and none of them have on their tombstone ‘She Kept a Clean Kitchen.’” If you read this little blog regularly, you know that I connect with that one, and you also now know the root of my homemaking philosophy.
|Gran's family on the day of her funeral; missing her,|
but rejoicing that she is with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ