Reflections and Old Adages

Mrs. & Mr. R

By Contributing Writer, Mitch Robinson

Originally Published on February 1st, 2018

I’m in my mid 70’s and reflecting back, there have been many things that left an impression on my life.


I grew up in a very small town.  My parents were great people, neither went to high school.  My grandparents never made it past early elementary school.

As I grew up, I was bombarded with old adages, cliche’s and sayings.  To people of my age, many may sound familiar, the younger generation may not have heard them.  I heard, sometimes over and over, ‘a stitch in time saves nine’, ‘don’t cry over spilled milk,’ ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ ‘a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’.  My mother’s favorite’s that I heard often were, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day,’ and ‘can’t never did anything’.

These sayings have affected me, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’  In today’s world, we take shots to prevent flu, shingles, polio, measles, pneumonia, etc.  We take pills for things like cholesterol and high blood pressure.

The other thing that has had an effect on my life might be referred to as kismet, karma, fate or destiny.

In High school, I never once thought about going to college.  After graduating in 1961 from Yale High School, I planned on bumming around during the summer.   I planned on joining the Navy in the fall and making a career in the military.

Ten days after graduation, fate stepped in.  I was working a two-bit job in a small factory trying to earn some walking around money.  On this morning, I smashed the index finger on my left hand.  I was taken to the local hospital where the attending physician told me my finger would have to be amputated.  I said to him, “No sense in crying over spilled milk.” and my finger was removed.

Much to my surprise, I learned that Workman’s Comp was going to pay me for the loss of my finger.  Thinking that the losing a finger might hinder my military career, I decided to change my goal in life.  I now had money to go to college!  I set out to get a teaching degree so I could teach and coach.

Kismet, fate or destiny affected me once again, in my first two weeks of the two years I attended Port Huron Junior College.  I sat in the back corner of history class when a new guy asked if he could sit in my absent friend’s seat next to me.  I said, “Sure.”  After class, that day, in the student lounge, the same guy asked me if I had a deck of cards.  I had a euchre deck in my pocket and he took me to a table where two young ladies sat, eager to play.  One was his sister, the other young lady would one day become my wife.  We went together for 2 ½ years and have been married now for 53 ½ years.

I have always felt that fate or destiny stepped in back in 1961.  I believe the loss of that finger was meant to be.  It led me to a career that I really enjoyed.  It also led me to a young lady who became the love of my life and my best friend.

About ten years ago, another health issue occurred.  I was diagnosed with an intestinal blockage.  An operation was done, but when they opened me up, the blockage had already cleared itself. After ten days in the hospital, they sent me home.  My doctor called after having numerous tests done, saying he had no idea what might have caused the blockage, but it could happen again.

I spent days thinking about what might have caused it.  I spend days worrying about it.  ‘Was it something I ate or did?’  Then I remembered another of my grandmother’s sayings, ‘worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it is not going to get you anywhere’.   I decided to stop worrying about it and continue to eat and do whatever I wanted.  If it happens again, I will just have to deal with it.  I figure, ‘if life gives you lemons, make lemonade’.

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  • Blessed to have Mr. And Mrs. Robinson as softball coaches! I remember a few of his frequently repeated adages?. But to this day, I have a piece of yellow legal notebook paper that he wrote four sentences on to encourage me. That paper was read frequently when I was in graduate school and again as I have been a mother. I can’t thank the Robinson’s enough for all they have taught me!

  • I am very honored to say that I had both Mr. and Mrs. Robinson as teachers in High School! Loved the classes I had them for they made it fun and a happy surrounding! Loved the relationship they have with each other and with their students!…Thank You Both! A few adages that I grew up with are
    A watch pot never boils
    Can’t is a little brat that never tried and
    Think twice before jumping in and after your in think twice again!

  • I had both Mr. and Mrs. Robinson as teachers at YHS in the mid 80’s and I am extremely thankful for it. Mitch made Social Studies interesting and Laura introduced me to bookkeeping which became my passion! I can’t imagine having any other career.

  • Had Coach Robinson in JR High he was the first teacher that i met starting at Yale Schools loved the way he ranked students by test grade, had to go head to head with Bridget Burns for 2 years lol, thanks coach

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