Sunday, July 21, 2013

My Mom's Nuggets of Wisdom

Thailand... REPRESENT!

So, you may remember me mentioning that I'm half Thai. Or if you don't, read that post and you'll get the quick and dirty of my "background", if you will. But growing up with a Thai mother was very interesting, to say the least.  She has lived in the States since she was in her early twenties, so almost 40 years now. But she is Thai, through and through.  

Growing up, my mom would always impart little nuggets of "wisdom" to me... some of them still have me scratching my head in confusion, but hey... you be the judge. 

"It's Wednesday. You can't get your hair cut on Wednesdays.  That is very bad luck in my country." 
(never 'Thailand' - always 'my country.')  I never did get my hair cut on a Wednesday, but part of me wonders if that's all that is keeping the apocalypse from happening.  

"Can you cook dinner tonight? It's my time and I cannot do it." 
Aka, her time of the month.  Apparently women who are menstruating are not allowed to cook because it will change the flavor of the food. Not sure how that works, I guess the hormones come flying out of your fingertips and into the food you're cooking?! Or perhaps you're just crampy and making up excuses not to cook. It's cool, lady, I got your number.

"Are you sick? Get up, don't lay down. If you lay down, you'll never get better."  
I was the only kid with the flu/chicken pox/migraine/whatever who was expected to be active and not lay down. EVER. You can bet your little hiney that I let my kids lay down when they don't feel well, or heck, even when they do. It's a laying down party at my house, 24/7. 

On why she NEVER let me do anything with friends or leave the house and pretty much forcing me to be a recluse: "One day, you will know. Everything I do, I do it for you."  
Well, thank you, Bryan Adams. Pretty sure de-socializing your kid isn't a topic in Parenting 101 class, but thanks for that. And then when I'd get fed up and finally ask her why I couldn't ever do anything or go anywhere she'd give this next nugget as her explanation: 

"...because you'll end up like a prostitute."  
Anything that she didn't want me to do, she would warn me that doing it would end up with me being a prostitute. Like, "don't be friends with that girl, look at her! She's like a prostitute. If you're friends with her, you'll be one, too!"  Or "don't talk to that boy anymore. he's not a nice boy. Do you want to be a prostitute?"  Or, her favorite, "oh no no no, you are NOT going to the movies [or insert another location here] with your friends unless I come with you. Somebody might kidnap you and then you'll be a prostitute and never see me or your dad again." Hey Ma... people enter into prostitution (albeit willingly or unwillingly) for various reasons, but I'm pretty sure going to see a horror movie with your girlfriends is not one of them, though.

Oh, Ma... you taught me so much.  

What nuggets of wisdom did your mom pass on to you?



  1. Haha the last one cracks me up!

  2. wow the PMS deal makes me wonder. wow. maybe i should try that one LOL

  3. I love these! Your mom sounds wonderful...and she probably has good reasons for her advice! I love the cooking one and the fact that Wednesdays are a bad time to get your hair cut. She might be on to something though about staying active when you don't feel well!

  4. That is a great way to get out of cooking! Your mom is a genius! I'm going to have to use that one next time!

    Thanks For Sharing!

  5. I'm dying laughing over the prostitute. My mom's big one was never to go anywhere by myself because I'd be chloroformed and kidnapped.

  6. The last thing reminded me of Enchanted:
    Morgan Philip: Remember, when you go out not to put too much makeup otherwise the boys will get the wrong idea and you know how they are...
    [off Giselle's wide-eyed look]
    Morgan Philip: They're only after one thing.
    Giselle: What's that?
    Morgan Philip: [laughs] I don't know. Nobody will tell me.

  7. Hahaha, oh my gosh...Yeah, I wondered why my dad never let me do anything, go out with friends, etc. But...he never had a good enough reason. Gosh, your mom had some great advice, haha. :) Have you passed any of these on to your kiddos yet? I know you're afraid of them becoming prostitutes... YIKES!

  8. Your mama sounds like a good time. I want to eat her food (when it isn't her time) and hear all of her nuggets of wisdom. But mostly, I'm banking on the fact that she makes dang good red curry and has some hilarious stories to share.

  9. ahh crap! I got my hair cut on a wednesday while on vacation. I guess is the becomes wild with zombies you can blame me!

  10. haha! you're mom sounds like a fun lady! :)

  11. Too funny...Parents are awesome!

  12. I am laughing so hard right now. I have a friend I went to high school with and her mom is from Vietnam, and seriously some of her words of wisdom were quite similar to the phrases your mom used...cracks me up!!!!

    xo Dinah @ Sunshine super glam


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