Threats and consequences

As a child growing up in the 60’s and 70’s we were not as cossetted as the kids of today. There were consequences for our wrong doings, and there were lines we did not cross either. Adults were quick with a swift retort or a clip across the earhole, and we were usually seen, and rarely heard as a result. My mother was a dab hand with the wooden spoon, and it was not always used for baking either, that thing could reach around corners and we feared the words: “Where’s my wooden spoon?”

A wonderful post on facebook was created that listed some of the many things adults said to us, and the odd thing is that even though they originated from various people, they were common to all of us from that era. Some are real gems, and probably could be re-used today if not for the fact that some smarmy lawyer would probably file for a case of abuse.

  • Go play outside and stop counting teeth
  • Go ask your mother!
  • Go ask your father!
  • Just wait till your father gets home.
  • Do you want a hiding?
  • What are these things….ORNAMENTS?
  • I have eyes in the back of my head.
  • Don’t come tell me stories.
  • Children should be seen and NOT heard.
  • HEY?? Straw is cheaper.
  • Hey? don’t you hey me!
  • How many more times must I talk??
  • Why? Because y is a crooked letter and you can’t make it straight.
  • I’ll give you something to cry about!
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees.
  • The walls have ears.
  • Where we going ma? “To Timbuktu”.
  • Where you going dad? “To see a man about a dog.”
  • If the wind changes your face will stay like that!
  • Cross your legs (mum sneezing).
  • I hope that one day you will have a child just like you!
  • One day when when I am dead you will ask yourself why you never…… (insert particulars here).
  • I was in labour with you for…. (add amount of hours).
  • Don’t make me stop this car! Do you kids want to get out and walk?
  • You’ll get a clip across the earhole!
  • Your father is not a glassmaker!
  • What’s for lunch? “Shit with sugar on”

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