My dad was a fun person. He always made me feel special, and he had several funny sayings. I was thinking of one of those sayings this week. We were having choir practice with one of my groups of seniors. A lady was missing who would sing a solo in an upcoming performance. I was told she was “under the weather”.
This made me start thinking of sayings we use frequently, and I wondered how some of them originated. It seems “under the weather” originated when seasick passengers were forced below deck as a place where the rocking of the ship was less prominent. This reduced motion sickness. Thus, there were “under” (or avoided) the influence of the weather. So you learn something new everyday!
Recently I used one of my dad’s silly sayings to make Momma smile. Momma said, “Carol, I don’t feel worth shooting.” (Now that is another saying I decided to explore, but I could not find its origin). I responded with, “Momma, I think I know what is wrong with you. Your ginky pin is attached to your galley shaft, and it is causing your credentials to vibrate!” Momma started laughing as soon as this familiar phrase from her past crossed the airwaves to her ears.
“My Frederick always said that! That is FUNNY!” Momma smiled, she forgot about not feeling perky, and life was better for a few minutes. Making Momma happy is my number one priority, and I do love the sound of her laughter.
Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Endorsed Life Coach with an emphasis on Creative Music Experiences. After her husband’s closed-head injury in 1996 and her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2006, Carol began her study of the brain and the various forms of dementia that exist. Through her not-for profit company, Senior Life Journeys, she is actively involved in the lives of individuals who are caregiving for a loved-one with dementia as she helps them develop caregiving techniques. Carol’s latest book, Let’s Talk Dementia-A Caregiver’s Guide, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and it is an easy to read guide for caregivers of individuals with dementia. She also wrote the best seller If My Body Is A Temple, Why Am I Eating Doughnuts? It tells of the amazing miracle that caused her to lose 100 pounds. You can follow her blog—Something to Ponder—at www.seniorlifejourneys.com.