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Chin up, buttercup.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chin up, buttercup.

I was raised by two awesome parents who would never accept whining, complaining about health, and pretty much told us to "buck up" when we had a cold or some other minimal ailment.

Just like many things your parents do, as you age, you start to realize that they were right. This one, "buck up" is a prime example. Whining about anything, whether it is a cold or a minor injury, or anything else, does nobody any good, especially you. Getting up and getting going does make you feel better, and soon you won't remember what you were even thinking about complaining about.

My Mom used to listen to us whine, then hand us a couple of Vitamin Cs. This was way back before vitamins were in fashion. Mom was convinced, and I am too, that Vitamin C solved almost everything. It also made us stop complaining, and when you have four kids, I would think that was and is a pretty good idea.

I did a little complaining the other day, and after I read my blog later, I realized that I just needed to put my chin up, "BUCK UP", take care of whatever was bothering me, and move on.

I did.

Next time you have a cold, or a small issue, think to yourself, does everyone need to hear about this, or am I really just fine? Sometimes, we need to stand up straight, take care of our day, and realize that a small issue can be forgotten with a good attitude.

So, chin up, buttercup. Put a smile on your face, realize you are a lucky human to live in this world and complaining won't change a thing. Buck up. It really does work, ask my Mom.

Spark on.

p.s.: Yesterday, my DD told me she had a headache, and I handed her two Vitamin Cs. She was used to that, and said, Mom, I want Advil. I said, try this first. I never heard back. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, luckily.
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    As parents, we generally know when our children are actually hurt or in need, and when they are whinging. When my little cherubs were having a whine, I'd use extreme measures.

    Child "oh it hurts, oh, oh, oh [moan, whine, cry]"

    Me "Oh you poor little lamb. My poor little darling, where does it hurt"?

    Child "My knee [leg, arm, shoulder, whatever].

    Me "Oh darling, that's awful. Just wait there and I'll get an axe".

    Child "An axe"?

    Me "Yes of course - I need to chop out the bit that is hurting you and ease your agony".

    Child "Don't be silly mum, you wouldn't really chop off my knee".

    Me "Course I would. I'm your mother, it's my job to stop you hurting".

    Child "Mum you wouldn't really".

    Me "I jolly well would - I'd do anything to stop you being in pain".

    Child [laughing] "it's OK mum I think I'll be fine".

    Me "Are you sure - you know I'll do anything for you".

    Child "Yep, I'm fine".

    Me "Whew! Race you to the bottom fence then.........."
    1952 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Love this and the buck up attitude! I have a lot of German blood in me and Germans are pretty tough people so my husband who is Greek doesn't have as much buck up in him as me. Plus we are women and we are sometimes just made stronger! LOL
    1952 days ago
    '...a small issue can be forgotten with a good attitude.' emoticon
    Whining about it and wallowing in it usually only makes it worse!
    1953 days ago
    BUCK UP!!! I love this! I am going to use this at work EVERY SINGLE FRICKIN DAY!

    If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen!

    Nobody ever said life was fair.

    There are so many expressions running through my head. I want to keep them all right at the front of my brain. I wonder if I can use them with students...

    THANK YOU for reminding us that sometimes it's the simplest remedies (like Vitamin C) that cure our ills. Or maybe it's just BUCKING UP!

    1953 days ago
    You right on target!! I grew up on a farm, unless you were seriously ill you had to suck it up and get the work done.
    1953 days ago
    I did not have "buck up" parents. They spoiled us rotten whenever we were ill and/or hurting.
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  • L*I*T*A*
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Your mom and my mom must have taken the same "Mom Wisdom Course" in other words they listened to their moms.

    1954 days ago
    Love your stories Jane. Bring back thoughts of my youth and upbringing.
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    Hmmmm .... I wonder if Vitamin C would work on my husband. emoticon
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  • PHOENIX1949
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  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    Seems like your mom's way is the best way to be and pretty emoticon , we tend to forget how fortune we are. emoticon
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    I have lived by this motto for awhile now, it is so much nicer to not dwell on the small inconveniences of my life. Someone out there is fighting to survive so there is no reason for me to complain about the minor woes of my day.
    1954 days ago
    My parents were not too tolerant of whining, either. Discussing legitimate problems . . . . ALWAYS ok. BUT not whining. LOVE the Vit. C idea. Think I'll use it with my DD! GRRRrrr.
    1954 days ago
    Great positive message! And you love your mom! Have a great day bucking up.
    1954 days ago
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