Saturday, March 5, 2011

Infinite wisdom from Pennsylvania that May Not Work Elsewhere

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?  


That was a joke we grew up with in Pennsylvania. Of course in order to "get" it, you have to be familiar with New England history and grow up somewhere that Flowers bloom in May!

We live in Georgia now. Our flowers were blooming by the middle of February. Right now, we are in full blown spring. Daffodils, dandelions, pear tree blossoms, forsythia, crocuses (croci?)

So a rewrite for the saying?  How about:

"January showers bring February Flowers, but in hot July everybody glowers".

What do you think?  I'm open to suggestions!

Another "northern" saying when you are talking about March:
"In like a lion, out like a lamb".

In Pennsylvania, the beginning of March was still winter. It was cold and windy. You could still have a good snowstorm. By the end of March, things were starting to look springy. You could go outside without putting on four or five layers of clothing.

Here in Georgia, by the end of March we are contemplating opening up the pool!

So what about you? Do you have some regional sayings that only make sense in your part of the world? I'd love to hear them!


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