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    Cool Old Wives Tales.

    I have been writing in a journal for my DGD and I thought it would be neat to write some old wife's tales. My grand mother and great grand mother had one for just about everything.
    I thought it might be something different to share on here and I might find out some new ones to add to her journal. So start sharing, I think it could be fun. I am also curious if they were the same around the country or if they were different in different parts of the country or even in other countries.
    May the tales begin! Thanks to all who join in!
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    You're making some nice memories and interesting reading for your DGD. Just noticed your address and realized we came thru there on our way from Paducah, KY Sunday.

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    The most old wives' tales I heard involved pregnancy.
    Here is just one of thousands: If the mother-to-be still looked beautiful, fresh-faced with clear skin and shiny hair through the eighth month, it meant she was having a boy, because a baby girl would steal her mother's beauty and youth!
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    never reach above your head when you're pregnant, it will cause the cord to wrap around the baby's neck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny View Post
    The most old wives' tales I heard involved pregnancy.
    Here is just one of thousands: If the mother-to-be still looked beautiful, fresh-faced with clear skin and shiny hair through the eighth month, it meant she was having a boy, because a baby girl would steal her mother's beauty and youth!
    i've heard this one, too.
    if it's of any "use"... it "worked" for me. i LOVED being pregnant and i looked AMAZING up until the very end. i had a bouncing baby boy; the true love of my life... ps. he's not a baby anymore! that was almost 20 years ago
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    My Gram said that eating bologna while pregnant caused birth defects.
    And my Aunt said drinking soda while pregnant caused low birth weight.


    The latter one I had to chuckle when she said that. My last two children were big babies. My daughter weighed 10 lbs, and my son weighed 9 lbs 14 oz.
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    mine might be a little "different" being that i'm first generation american.
    i'll chime is as i remember them.

    * if you sweep over the feet of a young-single girl/lady, she will be a spinster.
    * if you hit yourself on the elbow (the funny bone), don't rub it. it'll bring good luck.
    * if it's raining and the sun is out, a "witch" is getting married.
    * if your new baby (up to toddlerhood) gets very needy with mommy, that's because there's another bun in the oven.
    * if your boob itches, an "old man" is "desiring" you.
    * running slow isn't a character flaw; quitting is.
    * ANY idiot can run; it takes a SPECIAL KIND OF IDIOT to run a marathon.

    *4- 5ks *1- 5miler *1- 10k *2- 13.1 *1- 26.2.... and counting

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    My former deceased mil screamed at me in my own house after I had just hung a load of laundry out to dry. ANd I mean she screamed. Told her to leave.
    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    never reach above your head when you're pregnant, it will cause the cord to wrap around the baby's neck!

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    "A stitch in time saves nine". How true that is! That tear in my bedskirt would not be a foot long if I would have fixed it when I first noticed it. Now it is glued with Elmer School Glue until I change my bedding and can get it off and sewn on my sewing machine.
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    If your palm itches you're going to get money.
    If your nose itches you're going to kiss a fool.
    If it rains while the sun is shining, the devil is beating his wife.

    Don't know where any of these came from but were standards in my family!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce blint View Post
    You're making some nice memories and interesting reading for your DGD. Just noticed your address and realized we came thru there on our way from Paducah, KY Sunday.
    Yep! Good old Bowling Green, KY great place to live. Big enough to have all we need and small enough to feel welcomed by everyone. Did you make it to Whittles Fabric while you were here? If not you'll have to go next time!
    As far as the journal, I have been fiddlin' with it a while. But after my sister passed away in Dec. unexpected at the age of 50, it made me realize how tomorrow really isn't promised. My DN has a 4 yr old daughter who thought her Mammy hung the moon, they are expecting a boy next month. So I am making them both a "Mammy's story Book"
    I thought it would mean alot to them as they get older and to keep her memories alive to them! Sorry, I know TMI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny View Post
    The most old wives' tales I heard involved pregnancy.
    Here is just one of thousands: If the mother-to-be still looked beautiful, fresh-faced with clear skin and shiny hair through the eighth month, it meant she was having a boy, because a baby girl would steal her mother's beauty and youth!
    Thanks I've not heard this one before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    never reach above your head when you're pregnant, it will cause the cord to wrap around the baby's neck!
    Heard this one. It reminded me of the one, " If a mother gets frightened and grabs herself when she is pregnant, the baby will have a birthmark where she grabbed herself".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    My Gram said that eating bologna while pregnant caused birth defects.
    And my Aunt said drinking soda while pregnant caused low birth weight.


    The latter one I had to chuckle when she said that. My last two children were big babies. My daughter weighed 10 lbs, and my son weighed 9 lbs 14 oz.
    Never heard those 2. And 10lbs and 9lbs14oz, bless your heart.
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    Here are a few more. If you get your belly all wet while washing dishes you will marry a drunk,
    Whatever you do on the first day of the year is what you will end up doing the rest of the year.
    How about this one, If your left hand itches you are going to get money and if the right itches you will shake hands with a stranger.

    I could go on and on with these things but I think my favorite is the one where you are making ugly faces at someone and your mom says to yo"your face is going to freeze like that one of these times"
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    Quote Originally Posted by libby2595 View Post
    mine might be a little "different" being that i'm first generation american.
    i'll chime is as i remember them.

    * if you sweep over the feet of a young-single girl/lady, she will be a spinster.
    * if you hit yourself on the elbow (the funny bone), don't rub it. it'll bring good luck.
    * if it's raining and the sun is out, a "witch" is getting married.
    * if your new baby (up to toddlerhood) gets very needy with mommy, that's because there's another bun in the oven.
    * if your boob itches, an "old man" is "desiring" you.
    Only heard the 1st 1 before. But the last one really cracked me up.LOL
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    If your baby has the colic, make a tea from an onion and give to them.
    If the wooly worm is black, it will be a bad winter.
    If it is warm and the snow doesn't melt, it is waiting for another snow.
    If your ears are itching, company is coming.
    The lower a hornets nest hangs in the tree, the colder the winter will be.
    When moving to a different house, leave your broom in the old house for good luck.
    Never hand an open pocket knife to someone or you will have bad luck.
    Do not open an umbrella inside a house.
    Do not drink milk while eating fish, it can be deadly.
    These are just some I have heard over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    If your palm itches you're going to get money.
    If your nose itches you're going to kiss a fool.
    If it rains while the sun is shining, the devil is beating his wife.

    Don't know where any of these came from but were standards in my family!
    I have heard if your palm itches you will get coin money, but if your fingers itch it means you will be getting dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    "A stitch in time saves nine". How true that is! That tear in my bedskirt would not be a foot long if I would have fixed it when I first noticed it. Now it is glued with Elmer School Glue until I change my bedding and can get it off and sewn on my sewing machine.
    I heard for every stitch you sew on Sunday, means a stitch in your eye the day you die.
    They better have spools ready when the crowd off here shows up.LOL
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    Never give cutlery for a wedding gift -- It will cut the relationship

    Putting shoes on the table will bring bad luck

    Spill salt -- throw a pinch over your shoulder to ward off evil spirits

    Shiver for no reason -- Ghost walked over your grave

    If your ear itches, it means someone is talking about you.

    Want your kids to find you, go to the bathroom
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    Quote Originally Posted by lillybeck View Post
    Here are a few more. If you get your belly all wet while washing dishes you will marry a drunk,
    Whatever you do on the first day of the year is what you will end up doing the rest of the year.
    How about this one, If your left hand itches you are going to get money and if the right itches you will shake hands with a stranger

    I could go on and on with these things but I think my favorite is the one where you are making ugly faces at someone and your mom says to yo"your face is going to freeze like that one of these times"
    How about the one " If your nose itches, you're gonna have company"
    With my allergies, you'd think our house would be running over with people.LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Learner747 View Post
    If your baby has the colic, make a tea from an onion and give to them.
    If the wooly worm is black, it will be a bad winter.
    If it is warm and the snow doesn't melt, it is waiting for another snow.
    If your ears are itching, company is coming.
    The lower a hornets nest hangs in the tree, the colder the winter will be.
    When moving to a different house, leave your broom in the old house for good luck.
    Never hand an open pocket knife to someone or you will have bad luck.
    Do not open an umbrella inside a house.
    Do not drink milk while eating fish, it can be deadly.
    These are just some I have heard over the years.
    Some I have heard, some I have not. Thanks for sharing!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029 View Post
    Never give cutlery for a wedding gift -- It will cut the relationship

    Putting shoes on the table will bring bad luck

    Spill salt -- throw a pinch over your shoulder to ward off evil spirits

    Shiver for no reason -- Ghost walked over your grave

    If your ear itches, it means someone is talking about you.

    Want your kids to find you, go to the bathroom

    I have heard 1,3,&4. I heard "If your ears are burning, someone is talking about you."
    It is true about the bathroom, go in and if the kids don't come I can say for sure the dogs all have to come and hang out.
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    Love reading all these! Thanks to EVERYONE for sharing. I am having a ball reading these! I hope everyone else is enjoying this too. It is bringing back some wonderful childhood memories! I think even if our kiddos or Gks don't appreciate them, I still think they should be passed on!
    Thanks for the memories!
    Keep 'um coming.
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    If your nose itches, you will have a fight or kiss a fool.

    If you sweep UNDER someones feet (like they lift their feet while sitting down, so you can sweep under them) they will never get married again.

    If you hit your mother, your hand will stick out of your grave.

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