Things you just don’t hear any more…

  • Be sure to refill the ice trays, we’re going to have company.
  • Watch for the postman, I want to get this letter to Willie in the mail today .
  • Quit slamming the screen door when you go out !
  • Be sure and pull the windows down when you leave, it looks like a shower is coming up.
  • Don’t forget to wind the clock before you go to bed.
  • Wash your feet before you go to bed, you’ve been playing outside all day barefooted.
  • Why can’t you remember to roll up your britches legs? Getting them caught in the bicycle chain so many times is tearing them up.
  • You have torn the knees out of that pair of pants so many times there is nothing left to put a patch on.
  • Don’t you go outside with your school clothes on!
  • Go comb your hair, it looks like the rats have nested in it all night.
  • Be sure and pour the cream off the top of the milk when you open the new bottle.
  • Take that empty bottle to the store with you so you won’t have to pay a deposit on another one.
  • Put a dish towel over the cake so the flies won’t get on it.
  • Quit jumping on the floor! I have a cake in the oven and you are going to make it fall if you don’t quit!
  • Let me know when the Fuller Brush man comes by, I need to get a few things from him.
  • You boys stay close by, the car may not start and I will need you to help push it off.
  • There’s a dollar in my purse, get 5 gallons of gas when you go to town.
  • Open the back door and see if we can get a breeze through here, it is getting hot.
  • You can walk to the store; it won’t hurt you to get some exercise.
  • Don’t sit too close to the TV. It is hard on your eyes.
  • If you pull that stunt again, I am going to wear you out!
  • Don’t lose that button; I’ll sew it back on after a while.
  • Wash under your neck before you come to the table, you have beads of dirt and sweat all under there.
  • Get out from under the sewing machine; pumping it messes up the thread!
  • Be sure and fill the lamps this morning so we don’t have to do that tonight in the dark.
  • Here, take this old magazine to the toilet with you when you go, we are almost out of paper out there.
  • Go out to the well and draw a bucket of water so I can wash dishes.
  • Don’t turn the radio on now, I want the battery to be up when the Grand Ole Opry comes on.
  • No! I don’t have 10 cents for you to go to the show. Do you think money grows on trees?
  • Eat those turnips, they’ll make you big and strong like your daddy.
  • That dog is NOT coming in this house! I don’t care how cold it is out there, dogs don’t stay in the house.
  • Sit still! I’m trying to get your hair cut straight and you keep moving and it is all messed up.
  • Hush your mouth! I don’t want to hear words like that! I’ll wash your mouth out with soap!
  • It is time for your system to be cleaned out. I am going to give you a dose of castor oil tonight.
  • If you get a spanking in school and I find out about it, you’ll get another one when you get home.
  • Quit crossing your eyes! They will get stuck that way!
  • Soak your foot in this pan of kerosene so that bad cut won’t get infected.
  • When you take your driving test, don’t forget to signal each turn
    • Left arm straight out the window for a left turn; 
    •  left arm bent up at the elbow for a right turn;
    • and straight down to the side of the door when you are going to stop.
  • It’s: ‘Yes Ma’am!’ and ‘No Ma’am!’ to me, young man, and don’t you forget it!
  • Y’all come back now, ya hear.

Thanks Gene

30 thoughts on “Things you just don’t hear any more…”

  1. Well, I have ice trays and no air conditioning and I ride a bike most of the time, so a number of these are still pretty common for me.

  2. (Pretty sure Jonco & Richard will remember this…)

    When we get to the shoe store, you can x-ray your feet again, kids.


  3. Sounds like they pulled some of the quotes from the 1920’s and some from the 1970’s. And what the hell is a Fuller Brush man?

  4. The Fuller Brush Company still exists. They just don’t have men going door to door anymore. I remember them well, actually. My mother used to buy their products. Really good quality stuff.

  5. First one: I checked and the ice trays were empty. Guess I don’t get much company.
    Anyone got ideas where the original water evaporates to?

  6. Geesh, you mean people don’t say this stuff anymore? I still use ice trays, ’cause I don’t trust those fancy ice makers. I wonder if anybody still sells denim patchs used to mend blue jeans?

  7. We use an ice tray, but not the traditional ones. Ours makes cylindrical ice blocks that are small enough around to fit into plastic bottles. Pretty nifty actually. 😀 I’m only 18, so I can’t exactly ‘remember’ most of these, but I understand a lot of them. Stuff like this makes me wonder what my grandchildren will make fun of this era about, or what stories i’ll tell them. “When I was your age, we still drove around on wheels! And we would have thousands of explosions a minute going on just inches from our feet! Oh, and the TVs? They were TWO DIMENSIONAL! And cell phones back then were huge blocks of plastic that we actually had to hold in our hand and pocket!”

  8. How about “Go play outside and I don’t want to hear or see you until it gets dark enough to come inside.”
    “If you play in the creek you have to hose off before you’re allowed back in this house.”
    “Don’t touch the baby bottles, I just got done sterilizing them.”
    “Put a note in the milk box so the milkman knows to leave extra this week.” (btw those metal milk boxes were a really bad place to keep caterpillars, or other things that were in danger of baking)
    “It’s ok you can’t remember her address. If you put her name and street on the letter the mailman will know which house it needs to go to.”
    “I don’t care how much it itches, I bought that dress and bonnet special for Easter and you will wear them for the whole day.”
    “Hey, kids. Pick me up a pack of smokes at the store. Tell them it’s for me and they will know the brand to give you.”
    “No, you can’t use the phone. If you have something to tell your friend then you can walk yourself down there and tell him yourself.”
    “Wednesday is hair washing night.”

  9. At least half of these can still be heard around my place. Don’t forget “You’d better hit it with the first shot, kid, ammunition is expensive.”

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