A question was presented by someone I follow on Twitter today (@bradbig) that got me thinking, and made me want to do a quick post about it. He asked “What’s something your parents used to say to you as a child you said you’d never say, but find yourself saying all the time?” Well this one is an immediate answer for me, partially because I make myself cringe every time I catch myself doing it. The statement in question: “Standing on my head.”
While growing up, one thing that used to get on my nerves, and drive me crazy, especially the older I got, was when my mother would use the phrase “Standing on my head” to answer a question I posed. I can admit that this answer was typically given to a question that had a somewhat obvious answer such as “What are you doing” but typically that was meant as a conversation starter, not so much as actually question. It used to drive me crazy when I got that response, and it was one of the first things that ever had me think to myself “I won’t do that when I’m a parent.” I might have actually said it out loud on occasion that I was in fact never going to use that statement, as it drove me insane being on the opposing end of it.
Well guess what? I’m using the statement in the exact same manner my Mom used to. Doesn’t matter what I’m doing, if the oldest or my son ask me a question, such as “What ya doing” and its blatantly obvious, I will in fact answer with “What’s it look like, standing on my head.” And every time, a small part of my inner child dies as it curls up in a corner and weeps over me using the dreaded phrase.
So what about you? What’s a phrase you swore as a child you’d never say to your own children that you find yourself saying all the time?