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Do Sayings Go Without Saying?

Nov 8, 2007
My grandmother loved familiar sayings and one of her favorites was "You can't have your cake and eat it too". Hopefully, she didn't share that with brides. If a bride puts a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, her dreams are meant to come true. Because I eloped, that wouldn't have worked for me. I didn't have a wedding cake. Even if I did, I wouldn't have dared to put a piece of cake under my pillow. My saying "I do" included doing laundry.

Being a newlywed included thinking love made the world go around. I still do; but with the divorce rate continually rising, I believe friendship keeps us from falling off.

Shakespeare believed, "All the world's a stage, all the men and women merely players ... one man in his time plays many parts". I play the part of daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. I don't get Tonys for my performances. My awards are compliments and one of the wonderful things about compliments is they don't need to be dusted.

Mark Twain said, "All the words for the great, American novel are in the dictionary. They just have to be put in the right order". There's order and there's the right order. If I could put things in the right order, I think I could solve the Rubik's Cube too.

Unfortunately, there's no solution for a fool and his money being soon parted. In fact, Uncle Sam parts money from all of us every April.

When it comes to old fools, however, there is a fool like an old fool. It's another old fool. If you don't believe me, there are politicians in Washington who can prove it to you.

Politicians wrap themselves in the American flag to persuade voters they'd give us the shirt off their backs. No, thank you. I'll wait for a clean shirt. According to the news, there are plenty of politicians with laundering experience.

I don't know if you need equestrian experience to know you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. Maybe that's because people look in a horse's mouth to see how old it is? Maybe the saying should be "Don't look a female, gift horse in the mouth".

Of course, when it came to a woman's age, my grandmother would have shared this familiar saying - "If something looks too good to be true, it probably is".
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