Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Bump on a Log!

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
                  PyotrIlyich Tchaikovsky


Do you remember that saying “Bump on a log”? Has this saying ever been aimed at you?

 I remember as a child my Mom would use that saying all the time I can hear her voice now “Don’t just sit there like a bump on a log” and I actually never truly understood what she was trying to say. It took a trip to the bush to finally figure it out.


I looked up the meaning of this old English saying and found a link to laziness, I knew that could not possibly be what my Mom was saying as I was the kid who was constantly running around taking care of everything that needed taking care of. Being the oldest of ten you quickly learned your place in the family dynamics. I did not mind doing most things as I was not a sitting down doing nothing kind of kid.


I am sitting here this cold morning staring out the window in my flannel cow pants and thinking about this saying. I turn to look at the counter and see some dishes that could be washed up; I can see the dust lying on the table and noticed that the floor could use a quick vacuum. I turn back to the window and sit and stare thinking of this saying and wondering if it is truly about laziness. Did my Mom think I was lazy? I am finding this sitting doing nothing thing much easier these days and wondering if maybe I am truly a “Bump on a Log”.


The snow is so beautiful, I turn on the computer and start looking at the photos of the bush that I had taken the other day while out exploring and smile. While staring at the screen I had one of those “Eureka” moments; I now know what my Mom was truly saying to me. I finally get it.


“Bump on the log” could only mean one thing in my eyes; my Mom was saying “Don’t just sit there looking pretty” Thanks Mom.

Later

38 comments:

  1. Good Morning Buttons! Another sweet post. I love your Mom's interpretation of "bump on a log" and also remember hearing it when I was a child.

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  2. That is the perfect meaning of that saying. And once again, you've transported me with your gorgeous pictures. I am thinking of snow when the temps here reached 92 F yesterday. Well, one can dream...

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  3. What a lovely tale you tell..never heard of that say, but glad you worked it out :) sound like a great explanation to me.

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  4. Haha, I like your interpretation. I'm sure thats exactly what your mother meant. I think i am often a bump on a log - contemplating the dust and unwashed dishes - but in my case, I'm pretty sure I'm being lazy.

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  5. Nah, no bumps on the log for you. You keep yourself too busy!

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  6. Oh to be a bump on a log...the sun shining down on me....ahhhhh.

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  7. Ha! That's a saying I remember from my childhood too.

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  8. I don't see you as a bump sitting on anything... you obviously enjoy your life and are a go-getter. Our moms see us as they see us, I guess. :)

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  9. I am reading a great book right now " In Praise of Slow" by Karl Honore. I think you would like it. It talks about slowing life down a notch, focusing on one thing at a time and enjoying it thoroughly. It was a message my tired brain had been aching to hear for some time. let the dust settle and the dishes sit- enjoy the beauty of just being for awhile.

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  10. I remember that saying too, I never let the grass grow under my feet, so if someone said it to me I'd take it the same way you have.

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  11. Good way of putting it!!
    I am doing better this week! Not sure whether to say I am over whatever it was, but I am grateful!!!

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  12. Yes that saying comes back ringing memories true to my ears by my Mother too. I think she meant "Lazy" when I was a kid. Ha !

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  13. I think I would love your cow pants. They sound comfortable :-)

    I never knew what that saying meant either. As an adult I figured it meant being stuck by inertia, but I like your answer much better. Bumps on logs ARE pretty, and I would add, interesting!

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  14. oh you are definitely not a bump on a log...i'm being one right now though...gotta get up and showered....good morning!

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  15. My mom said that too, but she did mean sitting around and doing nothing. The older I get, the more bumpish I get- housework becomes less important than doing the things I love, like spending time with my horses and dogs or in my garden.

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  16. Aww! I'm sure that's what she meant. So sweet. Lovely images.

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  17. Love this :) my late grandma used to say this ALL the time :)

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  18. I certainly do remember that saying!

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  19. I sure do know it too. Love the log with the snow on it!

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  20. My mother used to say this, too, but I think her meaning was that I was sitting around doing nothing. Or I appeared to be doing nothing. I always had a lot going on inside my imagination! :-) And I much preferred to sit and read rather than do housework. I would say that you don't have a hint of "doing nothingness." You are enjoying the beauty around you, and that's so important.

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  21. My Gram would say this in moments of frustration..which, usually, means we were all running around like crazy. LOL!

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  22. I never heard that saying before, but the bump on the log may well be the prettiest part, it could even have a flower growing out of it.

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  23. Sweet, I know that's exactly what she meant!

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  24. Haha too funny! I have heard that saying so many times. I tend to enjoy my lazy time :)

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  25. You are too, too funny! I like your interpretation the best!! :)

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  26. I'm sure you nailed it. But when my Mom said that, she meant "get moving".

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  27. Taking care of yourself is not the same thing as being lazy. =P

    My Granny used to say that to me as well and what she meant was "Don't wait for someone else to figure things out for you, figure it out yourself."

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  28. Somehow you manage to find beauty everywhere. Those winter shots of your beautiful snowy trees make being a bump on a log a very good thing.

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  29. Oh B! You and your dear cow flannel panTs! Hugs!

    And I have no doubt that's exactly what your Mom meant! And I love today's quote-it is so true!! xx

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  30. Beautiful shots, and you certainly don't seem to be lazy at all..

    Jen

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  31. Oh I laughed. I enjoy your version of that saying. You have such a way of telling stories. You can take an everyday occurance and make it so meaningful. Thank you.

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  32. Great views and wonderful words.

    Even bumps on a log are useful, my dear.

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  33. hehe, i feel like a bump on the log today!! can't get motivated!!

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  34. Oh yes my Gram and my mom used the " bump on a log " phrase often ...funny when they would say it I would be puzzled as it didn't appear to be a compliment of course and yet preceding their comment I was usually being quite relaxed and comfy ... thus I alway thought a bump on a log was perhaps a comfy spot and they were just jealous I was sitting there lol :)

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