Most every culture has proverbs that are unique to it. Whether called maxims, bromides, truisms, idioms, expressions, sayings, or just an old saw, proverbs are small, concentrated packages that let us peek into the window of a peoples’ values and beliefs. Pennsylvania Dutch, as an oral language, is resplendent with such sayings. Here are a few that my mother (proud of her Penn Dutch heritage) frequently quoted:
“Every mother crow thinks her own little crow is the blackest.”
“In every path there is a puddle.”
“Forbidden fruit creates many jams.”
“There are two kinds of leaders: those interested in the flock and those interested in the fleece.”
“Faith is the bird that sings at night.”
By the way, if you’re a Pinterest lover (as I am!), I have a Pinterest board of some pithy Amish proverbs.
Your turn. Which proverb is your favorite?
I’ll be giving away a copy of Amish Values for Your Family to one person who does the following (and let me know in a comment):
- That you’ve signed up for my blog
- And answered the above question
I’ll announce the winner next Friday! Good luck.
Speaking of winners, the winner of last week’s Friday fun is Julie Smith. Julie, please email your mailing address to email@example.com to claim your prize.