Linda Hill is our host and this week’s SoCS is “a phrase you grew up with.”
Actually, I have a couple.
The most common was probably comparisons to my sister and ‘When J was your age……….’ . It was never meant as a put down, but sometimes I felt lacking. This was carried on to Grammar School and I was forever in her shadow, never an individual.
Then of course there was ‘We’ll see’.
That was a cop out for avoiding making promises that couldn’t be kept (a good thing actually to a child) or if something was unlikely to happen.
Still, I think I grew up OK. I was lucky to have two parents growing up who loved me, and Dad made sure we were both treated as individuals and encouraged in our interests.
School was another matter and I was never encouraged in anything I was either interested in or relatively good at, just demoralised and ridiculed for being inadequate at the things Sis was good at, like languages, needlework and sport.
The ‘We’ll see’ was something I lived by when I was bringing up a family as I was adamant about not making promises I might not be able to keep.
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I am glad to say you are a great writer Di, in no one’s shadow! I always grew up with lots of ” we’ll see” have a great day.💜
Thanks Willow. You too.
We’ll see was often used in my house too.
I heard the “we’ll see’s” a few time as well, but I didn’t have a sister to compare to, only an older brother. I always wished mom was more of a cheerleader than she was, but like you, I knew both of my parents loved me.
I have two half brothers, both older than me too, but I don’t think I was spoilt being the youngest. If I was, it didn’t stick!!
I can relate. And I am guilty with the We’ll see.
“We’ll see” usually meant “no” around our house…
or don’t ask again. Thanks John.
Ha! We’ll see was never a good answer. I’d have rather had a definite yes or no! The phrase I remember was in answer to the question of why I can’t do X, Y, or Z that everyone else was doing. It went like “Because you aren’t everybody. You are you and part of this family” the other phrase was “Because I said so”!
Oh, so familiar with me too!