Patience, Simon

My mother loved a proverb. I hated them.

Her use of them always smacked of the Victorian to me. Used as chastisement or warning, or an usually superfluous “I told you so”, the effect through repetition, was to make me resistant to these often trite, righteous mottos. I suspect she had been on the receiving end of them herself at some point, possibly from her own mother’s tongue. They certainly felt like a sanctimonious throwback to a…

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