Old Wives’ Tales that my mother was right about:
1. When your joints hurt it’s going to rain. I remember rolling my eyes when she said that. Until I had shoulder surgery and the Physical Therapist told me that my shoulder would bother me more when it was going to rain. “You’re kidding. I thought that was an old wives’ tale.” The PT then told me it was caused by the change in barometric pressure.
2. Don’t put metal in the toaster. I don’t think she ever told me that until after I put a knife in the toaster to get out a stuck piece of toast. I thought someone punched me in the back and then I fell against the refrigerator. That’s when she said Don’t put metal in the toaster. In my defense I was only like 8 years old.
3. Chicken soup is a cure for the cold. I looked this one up. I read in Reader’s Digest online magazine that scientists believe that it can help lessen inflammation in the lungs by lowering white blood cells. Plus it is soothing and I consider it “comfort food.”
Old Wives’ Tales that my mother wasn’t right about:
1. A girl/woman can’t bathe/shower if she has her period. Don’t worry, I always went to a friend’s house to shower.
2. No dental appointments when you have your period. Well, it sounded dopey to me, but I was all for putting off going to the dentist.
3. If you cross your eyes they’ll get stuck that way. Ummmm………that would be a no, Mom.
4. Don’t go outside with wet hair or you’ll get a cold. Not true. And maybe that’s why I always go outside with wet hair. Middle age rebellion.
Oops. I have to go. A black cat is coming.