Happy Monday, 10 superstitions, wives’ tales and family expressions…that’s the prompt for October’s 10 on the 10th blog post. I grew up on a healthy diet of my mom’s Ozark Mountains colloquialisms and could probably, should probably dedicate a post just to those. Never realized until I went to college how much of my own speech reflected hers.
At university, I used these family expressions so much that a college professor asked me about them. And when I explained I had grown up hearing them all my life, he asked to contact my mom to get them from the “horse’s mouth.” He was doing research on idioms and wound up interviewing Mom to get the background on her Missouri expressions.
An Almost Halloween Theme
For October’s theme, I wanted something that tied into Halloween a little without being too heavy on the ghosts and goblins aspect of the holiday. Many folks prefer not to celebrate Halloween because of its origin. According to this article at History.com:
The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition), when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. [source]
Personally, I’ve never met a ghost I didn’t like. But that’s a story for another day. Halloween has always been an excuse for our family to have fun, dress up, eat candy and give candy to others. And rumor has it that Halloween candy is calorie-free. You’re welcome.
10 Superstitions, Wives’ Tales and Family Expressions
Hoping this prompt will give you a moment to think about the superstitions, wives’ tales and family expressions you grew up hearing. If you prefer to limit your post to just one of those themes, that’s absolutely A-Okay!! Maybe you have loved ones you can involve in creating your list. Sadly, since my mom’s sudden cognitive decline this year, she doesn’t use her rich expressions any longer. I miss the days when her sentences were peppered with them. So, use this post as an excuse to interview your parents or grandparents about their colloquial speech.
Consider this is your personal invitation to join me for October’s 10 on the 10th going live on…you guessed it, 10.10.2020, Saturday. Cannot wait to read your posts. Hope this will be as fun for you as I am certain it will be for me. Please feel free to use either or both of the graphics in this post if you like. Hoping to jog Mom’s memory by asking her about some of the things she has always said all my life.
Have a fabulous last few days of September, my friends. Thank you for joining me today. I am a little (understatement) reading and responding to comments left on my posts, but I read every one. And eventually reply. Have to get better at doing that. Can I blame Covid?
Hugs and kisses,