Life isn't fair.
Don't make me pull this car over!
When I was your age...
If your friends all jumped off a cliff, would you?
Yes, those are Momisms. Those things we moms say generation after generation, those sayings all moms seem to utter at least once, if not countless times. It's funny that this week we are talking about Momisms because, seven years ago today, I became a mom. Seven years ago, I got my "Welcome to the Mom Club" badge and a pamphlet of "Tried and True Momisms"...okay, not really, but it felt like that.
Yes, today is my daughter's birthday. For some reason, whenever I think about becoming a mom, sure, I think about my mom and my grandmother and all of that, but I also think of Erma Bombeck, the fabulous author who tackled writing about parenthood and being a mom way before anyone else did. Like so many of the writers here on CafeMom and The Stir, she wrote her essays and books with wit, poignancy and, most of all, honesty. Not that she used to say Momisms all of the time, but there's just something so universal in her writing, just like those sayings the Mad Life crew will tackle this week.
In honor of my Mommaversary (the anniversary of me becoming a mom), here are some of my all time favorite "Bombeck-isms":
"Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere."
"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
"When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway."
"All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. "
"Laughter rises out of tragedy when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage."
"Have you any idea how many children it takes to turn off one light in the kitchen Three. It takes one to say, "What light?" and two more to say, "I didn't turn it on!"."
"No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed."
"A child needs your love most when he deserves it least."
"Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other."
"It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows."
"Insanity is hereditary. You can catch it from your kids."
Which of these "Bombeck-isms" rings the most true to you - or made you laugh the loudest?