Directions #1LinerWeds

Due to this and that unfortunate circumstance, including divorce and disagreements among the grownups, I didn’t get to grow up in close contact with my mother’s birth mother, Lily Green Leister. Mom’s stepmother was Grandma to me, and all I could have wished for in that role. But my birth Grandma was very much present to me in the things she taught Mom and in the all-too-brief contacts we had.

Here’s one thing she used to say that Mom passed on to aid in my education.

If I would say, as everybody at school did, “Where’s it at?” Mom would tell me that Grandma (Lily) would have said,

I stopped saying, “Where’s it at,” at a very young age.

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 a legacy from someone not known personally nearly enough.


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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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  1. Dan antion

    June 5, 2019 at 10:03am

    My father always said a version of that to me. It helped break that habit.

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      Marian Allen

      June 5, 2019 at 4:51pm

      Grownups. If good advice doesn’t work, irritate your children into compliance. ~grin~

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  2. Mitchell Allen

    June 6, 2019 at 7:16am

    I can relate. My 84 year-old dad still hits me with those zingers. The main one, which I have resisted as unpalatable, involves whom/who. I have no idea of, and no interest in, the proper usage of the former. It’s too much like having to know which fork to use at a fancy dinner.



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      Marian Allen

      June 6, 2019 at 9:20am

      I’ve heard people who use proper grammar as if it’s natural, and it’s charming. Most of us, though, commit many “gaffes”, accidentally or deliberately. It drives me NUTS when somebody says, “He told Mary and I” instead of, “He told Mary and me.” On the other hand, I agree with Winston Churchill about DON’T END SENTENCES WITH A PREPOSITION: That is the kind of nonsense up with which I will not put.

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  3. Mitchell Allen

    June 6, 2019 at 7:05pm

    I laughed out loud at that. It’s one thing to be irritated and quite another to be intolerant. I couldn’t care less about correcting someone who says, “I could care less…” After all, who am I to assume that the speaker hasn’t ranked the subject at the bottom of things he or she worries about?

    (OOOPS!) LOL



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  4. joey

    June 22, 2019 at 12:01pm

    It’s very regional, how everyone asks, “Where you at?” instead of “Where are you?” Bet you knowed that.

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