Angela Graham

Capturing childhood silliness and adventure


Old Wives' Tales

Posted by on March 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

"Hannah, eat your carrots. You'll see better in the dark."

"Jacob, don't pick your nose. Your finger will get stuck up there forever."

"Victoria, don't swallow your gum. It will stay in your stomach for seven years."

"Mandy, eat your oatmeal. It will stick to your ribs and keep you warm."

"Conner, don't cross your eyes. Your face will stick like that."

Does this sound familiar?

I don't know about you, but my childhood was riddled with old wives' tales. My parents and grandparents alike fired off these sayings to veer me in the right direction.

One of my favourites was: "Angela, eat your crusts. It will put hair on your chest." Put hair on my chest?!? Surely, they noticed I was a girl! Funny enough, they never seemed to understand my aversion to eating crusts...

My active imagination conjured up some ludicrous images when I heard these old wives' tales. "What is Growing Out of Your Ear?" shares with you what I thought would really happen if I didn't listen to my Grampsy when he warned me, "Angela, don't swallow the cherry pits. A cherry tree will grow out of your ear."

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