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The adventures of an American single mommy working and playing in paradise.

Old Wives’ Tales



carrots don't make your vision better, even if you smear them all over your face

good thing the wind didn't blow and give the kids pneumonia

     I get so irritated when people believe Old Wives’ Tales. C’mon people…read something! We have the internet now, so you don’t even have to read a book.

     Some of the things that my husband believes are ridiculous. Laughable even. He thinks that if you take a shower or have sex after you eat, you can die, supposedly from a stroke. WHAT? It doesn’t even matter that he has done these things before and wow…DIDN’T DIE. He still believes it.

     He thinks that if you go out in the cold with wet hair, you will catch your death, or at least get sick. For the longest he didn’t know what to say when I would tell him how I used to walk 1/2 a mile to the bus stop in the dead of winter with soaking wet (and then eventually frozen) hair. He finally came up with a reason why it didn’t kill me. He said, “Well, you were used to it because you grew-up there.” Huh?

     (Don’t worry, my husband doesn’t speak or read English so there’s no chance he will find out that I am running my mouth about this. lol)

    The medical Old Wives’ Tales really annoy me. You cannot catch a cold from the weather, wet hair, the wind (that’s one from here in Mexico). Only a virus causes a cold!!!! And you CANNOT take antibiotics for a virus. I mean, ya can, but it’s not going to help you get better! When people here have a cold they love to run to their doctor to get a nice shot of penicillin. No wonder antibiotics don’t work anymore! One doctor here actually prescibed antibiotics to me for a virus. I didn’t take them and I never went back to her again. If she doesn’t know this, imagine what else she doesn’t know. Scary.

     Crossing your legs doesn’t cause varicose veins. Cutting or shaving hair does not make it grow back thicker.  Chocolate doesn’t cause acne. Sugar does not make kids hyper!

     All of the ridiculous things people believe about pregnancy drive me nuts too. Look, if you are carrying high or low, it doesn’t tell you anything about the sex of the baby. It tells you about how strong or weak your abdominal muscles are and may indicate that you’ve been pregnant a bunch of times.

     When it comes to my husband it is very difficult to convince him that these myths he believes aren’t true. In fact, it’s actually hard to convince most people. Sometimes I say something but most of the time I just smile and nod my head. It’s just not worth it. I’ll just let them waste their time blow-drying their hair when it gets down into the 60’s here. lol

     OH, and we do not only use 10% of our brain. I do know some people who don’t use their brain at all, but the rest of us use all of our brain thank you very much.

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