"A stitch in time saves nine." This one gave me trouble when I was little -- I remember working really hard to understand what it meant, to no avail. Now I know! And I have a shirt and a sock that will need more than nine extra stitches if I don't get to mending them soon!
"You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die." I'm not sure if I heard this more from my dad or my grandpa, nor am I sure it is one of ye olde adages.... but I have thought of this saying many, many times since coming to Georgia. Sanitation is not rampant in the village -- the water that is drawn from the well is not filtered -- dirt finds its way into just about everything.
"Necessity is the mother of invention" -- and those from New England summarize and personalize this particular adage and call it "Yankee ingenuity." "Yankee ingenuity" is a prized characteristic of New Englanders, and as a proud Mainer, I am glad to have inherited this knack for thinking about things in a new way -- applying the skills I have to practical problems and coming up with solutions.
|My hand warmers and headband --|
they just about match my red nose!
Applied skill and necessity -- the results of this combination are rewarding!