I was out with some friends recently and we got to talking about the “advice” we got growing up–most of which were old wives’ tales. It was kind of fun reminiscing about the stuff our grandparents and parents would tell us. Some of the “advice” was straight up ridiculous, some may have had some truth. I always heard some mess like:
–Black women don’t shave their legs. My mom told me this and she refused to let me shave. I was an adolescent walking around with hairy legs like whoa. Got teased like a mugg. I went to a sleepover one weekend and came home armed with smooth legs and a new razor, and I’ve been Gillette’s best friend ever since. I’ve never bothered to check her situation and she’s always wearing capris so she could be walking around looking like Cousin It for all I know.
–Black people don’t shower every day. One of my aunts tried to run this game on me. She told me that I should only take a bath on Sundays and do bird baths during the rest of the week. I managed to sneak a shower every night I had to stay with her. High water bills be damned.
–A cat will steal a baby’s breath if you leave it near a newborn. I babysat a lot of babies whose parents owned cats. Those kids are still alive and doing well. I don’t believe this one, but best believe none of my pets are going to be drooling all over my babies.
-Drinking coffee will make you darker. If this were true, I’d be a vortex by now. I’d be so dark that light would cease to exist around me–I drink about 2 cups a day most every day.
-Hold an asprin between your legs and you won’t get pregnant. Ummmmm. Hmmmm. I’m here, right? You’re here, right? Apparently that doesn’t work. If it were true, I could save some money on BC.
-If you get a fresh relaxer then go out in the rain, you’ll turn ‘dumb’. That happened during my relaxed days unfortunately. A sista didn’t have an umbrella leaving the salon. I didn’t turn ‘dumb’; I got pissed cuz I had to do my hair all over again.
–Turn off the electricity, stay off the phone, and be quiet during a thunderstorm or lightening will strike. I went down south and we had to do this in a thunderstorm and lightning still struck the tree outside, so I dunno.
-If you have pink eye, use pee to clear it up. NERP. Not going to try that one. We’re going to the doc to get some antibiotics. Nasty!
-Never buy your man a pair of shoes, if you do he will walk out of your life. D’s still here and I bought him a pair of boots for Christmas. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
That’s all I can think of right now. Were any of you taught any of these or other “tales”? Do you believe in them?