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10 Phrases that Prove I’ve Morphed into My Mother

It’s official. I’m my mother. You could not have paid me enough to think that the stuff that came out of my mother’s mouth would ever come out of mine, but here I am, saying the same things I snickered about with my friends. Here they are:

10. “Get yo’ hands off yo’ imagination!”

Are the hips only an “imagination” if they belong to a female human? (from

9. “Wait ’til your daddy get home!”

8. “Don’t make me come in there!”

7. “Jesus, keep me near the cross!”

6. “Have you lost your ever-loving mind?”

5. “You better fix that face right now!”

Somehow, I think he’s telling me to fix my face. (from

4. “Now I done told you what I done said!”

3. “You better not slam another nothing in this house!”

2. “Lord, give me the strength not to hurt this child!”

1. “When we get in this store, you don’t want nothing, so don’t ask for nothing, ’cause you ain’t getting nothing!”

Honorable Mentions:

  • “You smell like outside!”
  • “Call my name one more time. I dare you!”
  • “I can give you something to cry about!”

What phrases are you finding yourself saying to your kids?

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