Advice From A Southern Mama

January 16, 2014


Leslie Anne Tarabella

Southern Mamas have a way of saying what they mean – with a little twist. 
I polled the gang at last month’s meeting of the 
LAWDY Club (Lower Alabama Whine and Dine, Y’all) and here are the results
 of advice their Mamas gave. 

So here you go , Advice from a Southern Mama . . .
Leslie Anne Tarabella
Or for the boys, “Don’t marry a girl who can’t cook grits.”


“Wear clean underwear in case you are in an accident.”
(I think that one may be bi-partisan across the Mason-Dixon Line)
“If you don’t want to hold it in your hand, don’t let it come out of your mouth.”
Leslie Anne Tarabella

“The soap” can also be substituted with 
“your Daddy” or “a switch.”

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone.”
Leslie Anne Tarabella
“If you don’t stop that crying, I’ll give you 
something to cry about!”
“Darlin’, what kind of Coke do you want?”
Leslie Anne Tarabella
“Not all women are ladies.”
“I’m goin’ to yank a knot in your tail!”
Leslie Anne Tarabella
“Stand completely still ’till he opens the door for you.”
and last but not least . . .
Leslie Anne Tarabella
What did your Mama say to you?

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  1. My mom said all of them except the pearls…my mom had a hang up about looking like a PTA lady. Isn’t that hilarious? Too much 60s influence for her, I think. I say all of them!

  2. Mine, from my grandmother, mother and second cousin, were slightly different. “Shut the door. You were not raised in a barn.” “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly behavin’ goes to the bone.” And “Stand up straight,” was followed by a not-so-gentle nudge between the shoulder blades. Another one was, “Make it look pretty!” That last one applied to almost everything. Thanks for such a fun post!

  3. I heard most of these growing up but one my granny said was ‘don’t hold that baby upside down! You’ll turn his liver over!” I believed her for many years! 😉 Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  4. I’m a northern girl born and bred, but my grandmothers BOTH said all these things to my sister and I. When I was maybe 2 years old, my mom was picking me up from a day with grandma, and to her horror grandma had me recite the new phrase she had taught me:
    “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!” XD That grandma was also known for saying “pearls go with everything.” <3 I cannot help but agree!
    This was a fun post!

  5. Oh, wow! I have heard my mama say almost every single one of those. She was born and raised in Georgia. If I didn’t hear them from her I heard them from my grandmother.

  6. Another good one is “I brought you into this world and I can take you out.” usually said when we were being awful, and it definitely caught our attention. 😉

  7. Very funny, very true — I have heard them all. My mother worried her whole life what would the neighbors say. I must be a closet Yankee because I have never cared.

  8. About choosing friends,”If you lie down with dogs, you get fleas.” and “be careful where you go and who you’re with.”

    On behavior, “Pretty is as pretty does”.

    Such fun to read these all again. Thanks!

  9. About choosing friends, “You lie down with dogs, you get fleas.” “Be careful where you go and who you’re with.”

    On behavior, “Pretty is as pretty does.”

    Great reading these old quotes again. Thanks

  10. Loved all the sayings. My mama said them all.

    Have you heard this one? Now, put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    I hate to say this but I found myself saying that to my kids.

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