Do you ever think about  things that were said to you when you were a kid? .For example – when I was a child, I was told, “Don’t eat so much.  You’re going to explode!”  Well, obviously it didn’t stop me from eating, but it sure stirred up images of little pieces of ME falling all over that person.

One of my elderly relatives told us not to sit on the concrete or we’d get piles.  Piles of what?  I had visions of a giant mountain of concrete growing out of me.  Not a pretty picture.  That same relative constantly reminded us that if Grandma was still alive, she’d be rolling over in her grave.  I often wondered how anyone could roll over in their grave, not to mention the thoughts of being buried alive!

Another one that scared the bejeebers out of me – “Don’t eat so many sweets.  Your teeth will fall out.” or “You’re going to get worms!”  I visualized worms crawling in and out of my eyes, ears, nostrils and my mouth – filling the empty spaces which once held my teeth.  It didn’t stop me from eating sweets.

When they told me to clean my plate because kids were starving in China, I wondered how that was going to help them.  They’d still be starving and my stomach would explode.

When they said it was so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk, I wanted to try it.  When they said never, never touch a metal pole with your tongue when it was below zero – that was just the incentive I needed.

OK, enough of this silliness.   I will close with these words:

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”  Mark Twain


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