You know when you have one of those moments of nostalgia when you hear some simple common expression that the people throughout your life have used? Like yesterday when I was at the market buying basil for our dinner and I heard a lady say, “six one way, half a dozen the other…” and I instantly was called to a memory with my sweet grandmother. It’s part of what I love about language. The way it can call up the other moments in your life when you heard those same sweet words strung together. I love expressions. I can’t say that I use them too much myself in my speech. One saying that my former mother in law used to use a lot: ”Haste makes waste.” is a great reminder. Good gravy, I should have given this lesson more attention!
Or how about this one in our daughter’s American Girl book about the Great Depression: “Waste not, want not.”? Talk about making you stop and think! I adore this concept. It’s a fantastic reminder to me of living responsibly. And of course this little gem: “A stitch in time saves nine.” Perhaps you knew what these meant when you were little. I can’t say that I did. But now, there is something so familiar and sweet about these thoughtful words, strung together like little poems + lessons that I just truly adore.
It would be fun to do a collection of illustrations for different idioms like this fun one brought to us by Plato: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Below is a small illustrative piece I did a few years ago about one of my all time favorite sayings: “She didn’t just fall off the turnip truck.” It’s just a much sweeter way of saying that someone ins’t as unsophisticated as one might assume – such a good refocus for those prone to judgment! And for me, it’s all the better an idiom because I love the symbol of the turnip. It pops up in my work often + can be found in several of our Treat Design Co. goods!
Here’s to sweet nostalgic idioms, life lessons, and of course; beautiful English - one of the many amazing things that attracts me to my dear love, Jay.
Happy Sunday from Treat land.