i really was never one to question my mother. i was never the kid asking 'why? but why?' if my parents told me something, i accepted it. oftentimes i think my mother would just answer my questions with the first thing that came to her mind, without realizing that i'd remember these arbitrary things and carry them into adulthood.
80 degrees is when you can wear shorts/skirts. temperature really made no sense to me as a kid, i couldn't figure it out on my own. 65, 75, 85, whatever, it was all the same. all i knew was 10 was cold and 100 was hot. so i asked my mom when it was warm enough to wear shorts and she told me to stop asking and check the weather channel. if it was 80, i could wear shorts. i still think this in the back of my mind. if it's 79, i will definitely be in pants.
i have a stork bite. there's a birthmark on the back of my neck, in the base of my hairline. i've never seen it, but other people confirm it exists. it's not like a regular one though, it's light pink in color, just a pinky patch of skin. (it's common, they really are called 'stork bites') well of course this is what my mom told me it was, and since i'm adopted, i believed the stork brought me. since i'm adopted and an only child, i still believe this. the stork brought me. i like this story.
i look good in orange. i have heard that very few people look good in orange or yellow, but as a kid my mother always told me i did. but she did all my clothes shopping so it really wouldn't have mattered to me anyway. i have no idea really if i look good in orange, but i continue to believe it and buy orange and yellow clothes.
horizontal stripes make you look fat. well... she was right about this one. horizontal stripes make everyone look fat. it probably didn't when i was wearing them at age 8, but at least she taught me early.
i wonder if my mother remembers that she taught me these things. i should ask her.