Lightning Strikes And Granny

When my brothers and I were growing up, Granny had all kinds of admonitions about storms, specifically about lightning. According to Granny you can’t take a shower, talk on the phone or run water when it is lightning. You also can’t flush the potty or stand by a window. And, at all costs, Granny said you should have shoes on-real shoes-even in the house-because if you don’t it will draw lightning.

Granny had so many warnings about lightning that my younger brother and I started making up our own. Like-don’t stand on one foot and open the frig it will attract lightning. Or don’t cross your right arm over your left arm while crossing your left leg over your right leg because it will attract lightning (obnoxious I know).

Silly or not Granny lives by her “lightning rules” and if you happen to be with her in a storm she’ll make sure you do too.

If you have an admonition from your Granny-please leave a comment I’d love to hear about it.


p.s. I have a Grannyism page where I collect sweet, inspiring, and funny memories of Grannies-if you’d like to leave a comment about your Grandmother or read memories others have left about their’s click here.

2 thoughts on “Lightning Strikes And Granny

  • June 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    My Mamaw also had many of these fears, like staying way from the window, talking on the phone and showering. We didnt’ have the “you must wear shoes rule”, but if she would have thought about it, she would have surely implemented it. She passed those on to my mom and so I was raised with the ideas too. I still get nervous to take a shower if its lightening and will put it off at all costs if possible until a lightening storm passes. I also will not stand out in lightning and honestly still, upon occassion, unplug computers and tv’s if its lightening. You will not find me on the porch or near a window during a storm either.

  • January 12, 2010 at 1:18 am

    My grammy always told me it wasn’t warm enough to go barefoot outside until I heard the whip-poor-whil sing. I would listen hard for that whip-poor-whil because I loved to go barefoot!

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