Thursday, November 8, 2007
Thursday Thirteen - Orvalisms
Orval Fredericksen, December 14, 1921 to February 6, 2005
My father was known for his quotes. He always swore that he got most of them from his Uncle Ben. I didn't realize until I was older that he was referring to Ben Franklin. Today, I thought I'd share with you some of my father's frequent sayings.
1. "What, heck! Pay attention!"
2. "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt."
3. "Fish and relatives stink after three days."
4. "I think I'll go to bed so these people can go home."
5. "You're a day late and a dollar short."
6. "Measure twice, cut one." (My dad did carpentry as a hobby.)
7. "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."
8. "We are too soon old, and too late smart."
9. "The world is not gonna end by natural disaster or nuclear war. It's gonna get smothered in stuff!"
10. "We need to go home and feed the chickens!" (We didn't have any chickens.)
11. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
12. Kids say: "I'm coming!" Dad would say: "So's Christmas!"
13. "A handful or a mouthful is enough." (Once heard at the dinner table when I was in high school - Mom about killed him. My brother noted that perhaps THAT is the one that he always started, "There was an old sailor in the Navy who said...." And he NEVER got past that much before mom would pounce on him and stuff a dish cloth in his mouth.)