You know those unique catch phrases your mom has been spouting since you were a kid? We’re talking about her special expressions – touching advice, pearls of wisdom, signature witticisms, or wacky world insights – she’s shared over the years that kept you entertained, made you feel loved or caused you to roll your eyes in utter embarrassment.
The fruit of her labor is a relatable collection of hundreds of lovely, screwy, and laugh-out-loud-worthy things moms say to their kids with the noble goal of being helpful, nurturing, or wise (whether they succeed or not is another thing entirely, as the inside flap of the book jacket points out).
Offered up in quips, one-liners, and short anecdotes, the “momisms” are divided into chapters such as Questionable Wisdom (“May is a good month for a face lift”), Unconditional Love (“I’d saw off my own arm for you”), Good Manners & Bad Behavior (“You should eat like you’re dining with the Queen of England”), and Wise Words (“If you have to tell someone you are, chances are you’re not”). The Love, Sex, & Marriage chapter leads off with this little hilarious gem:
After putting this book together, and combing through the countless submissions she received, we wanted to know what Erin took away from it all. She told us, “The funny thing is, after talking to hundreds of men and women about their mothers, I found that moms are as different as they are the same. Whether it’s funny stuff, sad stories, touching quotes, loving anecdotes — even though many of them were new to me, they all had that familiar ring of unconditional love.”