One-Liner Wednesday: The Price of Restraint

You know how somebody says or does something that almost demands a sharply worded response or a cautionary speech you know will be useless, but you manage to restrain yourself?

When my mother would come home and tell me one of these incidents in which she “kept her tongue behind her teeth,” as Gandalf advised, she would say:

And the blood ran down from the corner of my mouth from biting my tongue.

Not a very appealing picture, but very useful when we faced such a situation together. We’d look at each other, and one of us would put a finger to the side of our mouth and trace the line the blood would take, and we’d keep our tongues behind our teeth.

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.




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 “One-Liner Wednesday: The Price of Restraint

  1. Dan Antion

    March 22, 2023 at 7:06am

    I love those family “Secret codes.” I’ve also been in some of those bite-your-tongue situations. I never seem to know if holding back is best,

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      Marian Allen

      March 23, 2023 at 8:57am

      If the only appropriate remark is, “How can you be so stupid and still remember to breathe?” it’s probably best to hold back.

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