May 12, 2018

Saturday 9: Mother and Child Reunion

I'm linking up with Sam @ Saturday 9 for a little musical fun. 

Mother and Child Reunion (1972)

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) The title of this song, "Mother and Child Reunion," came from a dish Paul Simon had at a Chinese restaurant. "Mother and Child Reunion" was chicken and egg drop soup. When did you last eat chicken?  Earlier this week, unless you're counting eggs as chicken. I had eggs yesterday.

2) Paul Simon's mother, Belle, was an English teacher Monday through Friday and then gave piano lessons on the weekends. Have you ever worked more than one job?  I've sold Avon and Park Lane jewelry on top of my job, but I don't know that you can call those "jobs."

3) Mother Winters taught Sam to always dispose of the dry cleaning bag, as storing clothes in the bag may discolor the fabric. Do you have any useful household hints to pass along?
  You can use a manual, hand-held can-opener to open those awful plastic blister packages.

4) Have you put away your winter clothes yet?  I just did that last weekend. Due to the remodeling of the bathroom, I hadn't been able to get into the closet in the spare bedroom all winter, so my summer clothes sat piled up on the chair in our bedroom all winter. Tim moved some boxes of tile and I was able to put the winter stuff in the closet and the summer stuff back on the shelves.

5) Flowers and plants are popular on Mother's Day. How is your yard or garden? Is it green and/or blooming?  It's green, but I haven't planted anything yet. It's still too early. The temperatures are pretty nice right now, but it's not unusual to get a freeze in late May.

6) In the 1600's, the British began celebrating
 "Mothering Sunday." Children presented flowers to their mothers after Sunday service. When did you last place flowers in a vase? Where they store-bought, or picked from someone's garden?   It's been long enough that I have no idea at all.

7) The German word for "mother" is "mutter." What other German words do you know?

8) When Sam was a teen, her mother used to scold her for monopolizing the family landline. With the advent of cell phones, do you think parents and children still clash over telephone etiquette?  I don't think parents and children clash over any kind of etiquette if you go by the lack of manners I see every day. I don't think parents teach etiquette, nor do I think the parents even know the rules of etiquette themselves.
9) To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars! Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate with almonds? 
Classic milk Chocolate, please.  I don't like nuts and dark chocolate tastes bitter to mel


  1. I so seldom use that old can opener, and your household tip makes it relevant again. It'll be nice to get it out of the drawer.

  2. Wow... I didn't know that, I was trying to open plastic blister package, cursing because I couldn't open it to get a pair of scissor. Thought it was terrible ironic that I needed scissor to get the scissors.

  3. Yours is an awesome household hint! Those blister packs could drive a saint to cuss!

  4. I completely agree with #8. I find I teach etiquette daily!

  5. Great household hint. Etiquette is gone. We're lucky if people even have decent manners, alas.

  6. I will try the can opener next time I get one of those nasty blister packages! Thanks for the tip! I enjoyed reading your answers!!

  7. There is a lack of etiquette these days. I love your hack for opening packages!!! :)


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