Value #1LinerWeds

My mother, who passed a year ago today, was sweet, but she had her sharp side, too.

If somebody obviously thought highly of himself, she would say (behind his back, of course; she wasn’t that cutting):

If you could buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you’d make a tidy profit.

Or “you’d make a right smart piece of change,” depending on how colloquial she was feeling at the time.

Miss you, Mom!


This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about somebody who thinks better of him/herself than is warranted. Or write about somebody sweet with a touch of vinegar.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Value #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    January 2, 2019 at 9:25am

    I like that! I know a few people who present that investment opportunity to the world.

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  2. pm laberge

    January 2, 2019 at 5:40pm

    Like Dan Antion, (and your mum) I know a number of such individuals.
    Well, I guess we are lucky~!

    (Now THAT was sarcasm!)

    Incidentally my aunts had the same saying, so it is OLD. AND correct~!

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      Marian Allen

      January 3, 2019 at 9:07am

      Aunts in Canada had the same saying? Cool! Depending on the exchange rate, if we bought him for what he’s worth in one country and sold him for what he thinks he’s worth in the other, we could make out like bandits!!

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      • pm laberge

        January 3, 2019 at 10:06am

        Yes, we could. Well, you have a POTUS for sale and we have a PM. The problem is nobody wants either one of them. This leaves us will an aging William Shatner, and a somewhat valueless Pete! We will just have to keep searching!

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  3. joey

    January 2, 2019 at 7:45pm

    What a gem! Your mom was so cute, no doubt where you got it. <3

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      Marian Allen

      January 3, 2019 at 9:08am

      My mom was a hoot and a half. Grandpa used to say, “I don’t know what you two are talking about half the time, but I love hearing you laugh together.”

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      • joey

        January 10, 2019 at 9:31pm

        Office manager says that about Mentor and me. Makes me smile 😀

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  4. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    January 2, 2019 at 11:36pm


    But without a sharp side, the sweet is a bit too cloying. You have to know the sharp is being reined in to know to wait for it.

    Wish I’d known your mom. Mine had the same character feature? flaw? bug?

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      Marian Allen

      January 3, 2019 at 9:09am

      Alicia, if your mom was like mine, I’d love to have known her, too. <3

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