I never heard my mother swear or use curse words of any kind but there was plenty of understanding in the tone of her voice and the familiar phrases. My children, along with the other grand-kids, all called her Granny so the Granny Star quilt and previous post about it really brought her to mind and some of the things I miss the most.
Her distinct voice would often say, “Oh, my stars!” for a myriad of situations. Surprise at what was going on around her or maybe a new, slightly shocking fashion trend, or something my brother had just done! So each time I saw a star quilt today I kept repeating it with all her different inflections.
This would be for the beautiful star quilting in the corners. “Oh, my stars!”
This would be for the high-contract color choices. “Oh. My. Stars!” (She didn’t like black!)
So I was on a roll. The other phrases were ringing in my head as well. She would say, “Rats-ma-tats!” if she was disgusted at herself. Or if things were really bad, there was a very emphatic, “GOOD GRIEF!”
All this reminiscing brings me back to my favorite star and why I’m writing a blog for Sisters At Heart, Miles Apart quilting patterns anyway. Mom would say, “Good grief, Cindy, get to the point!”
I really just have one sister and she is truly one of a kind! She thinks mom said, “Hurry up.” an awful lot. The other siblings remember, “Land a goshen!” “Drats!” “Someday when our ship comes in.” What did your mom say? Have you ever found yourself saying the same thing? I’m not telling but the following poem is pretty accurate:
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall
I am my mother after all!