Downloads Circa 1950–Or This is What Made Me Who I Am Today


Artist: Nick Gentry With our gratitude.

Artist: Nick Gentry
With our gratitude.

Download: Circa 1950

Data: clear, unambiguous,
oft-repeated, redundant.

Source: D. O. M.
(dear old Mom).

Recipient: receptive child,
the self (myself, that is)
the daughter.

“Don’t cross your eyes.
they’ll stay like that.”
Action:
highlight
delete
(didn’t happen).

“Don’t sit on that cold cement.
You’ll get piles.”
Action:
highlight
delete
undo
“You’ll get arthritis when you’re old.”

“Always wear clean underwear
in case you’re in an accident.”
Action:
copy
paste into new document
always

“If you’re going to smoke,
do it here, with us.
Don’t go sneaking around.”
Action:
highlight
delete
“Don’t smoke.
Period.”

“Don’t go outside with that wet hair.
You’ll catch your death of cold.”
Action:
highlight
modify
“You’ll look pathetic.”
Copy and paste into above document.

“You can’t go swimming yet.
You’ll get a cramp and drown.
Wait at least 2 hours after eating.”
Action:
highlight
modify
“You’re not going to wear that suit,
are you? Look at that cellulite.”
Copy and paste as above.

“Don’t forget to call your mother.”
Never forget
as long as you still have her.

My Mother: Age 94 Not bad, heh?

My Mother: Age 94
Not bad, heh?

Sneaking in at the last minute to link to Grace’s fun prompt at dVerse Poetics. Thanks to Nick Gentry who shares his unique art work with us. Stop by dVerse to read more takes on his art and to link to his work.

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16 thoughts on “Downloads Circa 1950–Or This is What Made Me Who I Am Today

  1. grapeling says:

    I believe you’ve captured the sense perfectly, Victoria ~

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  2. 5h2o says:

    Love, love, love this! I think we had the same mother and processed her lessons much the same way. Very fun.

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  3. claudia says:

    94 – wow – she looks great!
    and oh the things we heard…. all those well meant advices… think all of us could sing a song of them…and each one filters in a different way…smiles

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  4. Ah, the sage advice our parents give us. And don’t we find ourselves passing it along (or advice of our own) as we get older?!! Loved your capture, Victoria!

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  5. Gabriella says:

    Apparently advice was (is?) the same on both sides of the Atlantic. I like that you did not go to the dark side, like many of us, but made us smile instead.
    Victoria, I commented earlier but my comment never showed up.

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  6. wolfsrosebud says:

    LOL… i do remember most of those bits of knowledge. Yes, visit your mom. Mine has been gone 12 years now and would give anything to sit a talk awhile.

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  7. tigerbrite says:

    Yes, I remember all these:) Your Mom looks great.

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  8. Cressida says:

    LOL…this is hilarious.
    Mom looks great.

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  9. Ha. We are all that.. Love that voice..though my mother was less of giving good advice 😉

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  10. Victoria, you have a winner here – sayings that we can all relate to, and your updates also hit the spot. Your Mum looks great fun.

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  11. Truly unique and standard form of reply to prompt.. and the systemizing mind knows to go.. where the floppies go.. and nice Picture of your mom.. by the way..:)

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  12. Grace says:

    I love it, ha..ha… I recall my mom saying the same things ~ Copy or delete when needed ~ Thanks for the smiles tonight Victoria ~

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  13. Mary says:

    Ha, I remember that kind of advice. Truly there still is some good wisdom there!. And D.O.M. looks great for 94!

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  14. Sabra Bowers says:

    Totally love your poem! So original. Your mom is beautiful. Not bad at all.

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  15. brian miller says:

    hahaha…paste into a new document…forever…lol…yes, i wear clean underwear…when at risk…of exposure…ha….interesting how we filter that data….my eyes never stuck either….

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  16. scillagrace says:

    Steve asked the other day, “Exactly how many times do you have to make ‘that face’ before it gets stuck?” I think he’s still working on it. 🙂

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