“Don’t do that.”
“This that you did is very wrong.”
“You shouldn’t have done that.”
“You should not speak like that.”
“Don’t laugh like that. It brings bad luck.”
Familiar. Isn’t it?
My Mom used to tell me these in as many words when I was a child. The reasons/logic for these statements were never provided and mostly never asked for. And whenever asked she would respond that replying back is considered rude. Almost everything was supposed to be a rule that the world follows and so we must all follow. It’s a different story that when left alone, my younger sister and I would try our best to find logic. Though in vain. Laughing loudly it felt was a sin. And we would comment, “Why?? Will we have to pay more taxes if we laugh loudly?” Mom, a teacher, knew exactly how to silence us…
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