I just couldn’t resist sharing this funny phone conversation with my mom this evening. I was discussing a documentary I recently watched about Mt Vesuvious and the city of Pompeii and how they had discovered a bit of graffiti on the walls of these stone ruins. I was relating how I couldn’t believe that 1200 years ago, they wrote graffiti on the walls of these stone latrines! I asked her if it was true that some things never change?
When I asked my mom about this, she laughed hysterically and she said ” my mother always told me to never forget… ” Fools Names & Fools Faces always appear in Public Places” I really had to laugh at the wisdom of her mothers statement. But I really wanted to know if that was her moms statement, or a proverb of history. My mother said she had no idea, she only knew that it came from her mother and that she had heard it preached to her MANY times.
Well, thank goodness for Google and the internet! I proceeded to Google the saying, then with further clues, I was led to a site that listed many such proverbs, all from a man named Thomas Fuller. My mother was so excited to know more about Thomas Fuller, because it was a link to her Mother who died when my mother was only 17 years old. So I continued to search Google (thank goodness for our ability to multi task) while I was talking to my Mom on the phone. I stumbled upon a website that had 9 pages of Thomas Fuller quotes, and mom and I continued to read them together and laugh. Her final question was when did Thomas Fuller live? After a little further Google research, I discovered that his bio was 1608 – 1661. I almost gave my mother a heart attack! My Mom was born in the early 1930’s, so to her the fact that her mother was quoting some really incredible quotes of wisdom from the 1600’s was pretty astounding. She happily said ” my mother must have been a pretty well read woman”
I was pretty impressed with how cool that phone call went! I couldn’t help but think Happy Holidays to our family, what a legacy!