Things your mother said when you were a child stick with you long after you grow up, start a career and have a family. These things, lightly known as “momisms,” have become part of American culture and our everyday lives.
Creston High School students gave examples of different things their moms said to them.
“My grandma always told me if I didn’t wash the insides of my ears when I took a bath, that corn husks would grow there.” – Kiana Stuart, 16
“The fun lasts long, we all get along.” – Brooke Thelen, 15.
“She used to tell me, if I crossed my eyes or get my face a certain way, it’d get stuck like that.” – Keirnan Norton, freshman.
“Whatever you’re going to be, be a good one, but that was Abraham Lincoln. She just requoted him.” – Bailey Fry-Schnormeier, CHS art instructor.
“Don’t make me stop this planet.” – Daisy Staats, 16.
“If you eat mayonnaise, it’ll grow hair on your chest.” – Mariah Harlan, 15.
“I used to chew on my hair really bad, and my mom said if I kept doing that, I’d start coughing up fur balls.” – Sammy Reed, 17.
“If you keep pouting, a bird’s going to poop on your lip.” – William Ray, 16.
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.” – Seighan Norton, 18
“My mom used to tell me that if I ate my fingernails, a hand would grow in my stomach.” – Alex Ahrens, 18, and Bridgette Ahrens, 15.
“Not to eat our boogers, because black mold would grow in our stomach. We were little, we had no idea what she was talking about.” – Brigette Ahrens 15
“I think my mom was just honest.” – Andy Smith, 17.