The Price of Tea

My writing was done and I was ready to post it to my blog. Then I reread what I had written and a question my dad asked often while I was growing up popped into my head. “What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”

Dad asked this question when he felt something I had said was of no significance with relationship to a conversation or situation. In other words, “That’s stupid!” (But he never would have said that.)

This experience set me to thinking about the many things I learned from Dad, some of which he taught using sayings and proverbs.

Just a few of the sayings I heard over the years:
“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
“Easy come, easy go.”
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
“If you make your bed, you must lie in it.”
“Actions speak louder than words.”
“Birds of a feather flock together.”
“Don’t cry over spilled milk.”
“Haste makes waste.”
“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”
“You reap what you sow.”

So that’s it for this week. I’ll edit the other writing and post it later.


  1. And, "Think you'll ever amount to a hill of beans?" and others I heard and you didn't list.

    1. Vanilla, there were many, and I sometimes wonder if I've amounted to a hill of beans. : )

  2. That's all slicker than scum on a marsh.

    1. Secondary Roads, this is one that I had not previously heard. Like it!