My Mother’s Top 10 Wicked One-Liners

Today would have been my mother’s 89th birthday.  We had a very intense relationship, and her passing had the harsh finality of a never-to-be-repeated punctuation mark.  Or, maybe more like a punch in the stomach.  I miss her.

My mother grew up in a family of German immigrants, lots of them, who all lived on the same block in an ethnic part of Cincinnati.  She told great stories about that time in her life.  Her family taught her to appreciate her roots, to appreciate her religion, and to appreciate wicked one-liners.

Her one-liners were the best because they were razor sharp, bitingly sarcastic, consistently clever, and simply unending.  My mother was so immersed in smart-ass commentary during her formative years that she could have no more broken that habit than she could have turned her back on the Virgin Mary.

In her memory, at Christmas this year, my siblings and I created an advent calendar with her most creatively delivered sayings.  Here, what I think, are her top 10 wicked one-liners …

Oh, and one more, the one I like the most …

4 thoughts on “My Mother’s Top 10 Wicked One-Liners

  1. I can hear Verona saying these. I love “We don’t have any of that. Want me to show ya?” She was my wittiest Aunt.

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