Remember those pithy maternal maxims?

”Someday you’re going to have kids and I hope they’re just like you.”

Regina Grice’s mother used to tell her that all the time. Regina now has a 5-year-old daughter of her own with a strangely familiar cheeky attitude.

”I think she gives me a lesson in justice” Grice said ruefully. ”Her sassiness her diva-like ways — she has given it back to me tenfold.”

Chalk up one more momism finally hitting home. Such sayings run the gamut in Galveston County families.

Mothers sound the dire warning — ”If you fall and break your leg don’t come running to me.” They also issue etiquette laws — ”Don’t ask for the last serving at the dinner table; it’s impolite.”

Grice’s mother Janice Grice of Texas City is known for her positive proverbs most of them cheering on her children.

”My mom is my No. 1 fan” said Grice who works as a planning technician in the Hitchcock Planning Department. ”She’s there whenever I need her; she’s got my back.”

Grice hopes to pass along the family’s go-getter attitude to her daughter Kendall.

”If you don’t think highly of yourself no one else will” Grice’s mother would say.

Monique Davis a single mother of three in La Marque also specializes in momisms.

”When you’re going through a hard time make things positive and fun” she tells her children.

When it comes to conflict ”Always be the better person” said Davis president of the Galveston County Women’s Training Center Inc. in La Marque.

”I always try to encourage my kids and tell them always do things positively and better than I did.”

Nancy Hutson’s mother the late Florene Holley also put a positive spin on her sage sayings.

”You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar” she told her children.

”She had a saying for everything it seemed like” said Hutson a volunteer at the Bethesda Lutheran Communities Then and Now Resale shop in Friendswood. ”She was passing them down from her mother and grandmother.”

Clay Wade’s mother had a wisdom honed by years of teaching in Galveston.

”You can be whatever you want to be” the late Althea Wade would say.

Wade events director for the Galveston Historical Foundation said his mother could also pull out the most powerful of all momisms — ”Just wait till your father gets home.”


At A Glance

WHAT: Sundress and Big Hat Mother-Daughter Luncheon presented by the Hitchcock Red Raiderettes and Cheer Coach Regina Grice

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. June 2

WHERE: Hitchcock Public Library 8005 Barry Ave. in Hitchcock.

TICKETS: Pre-sale tickets are $10 per lady (ages 10 and older) and $5 per little lady (ages 9 and younger). Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $7 for children 9 and younger.

INFO: The fundraiser for the Little League football cheer squad will include a fashion show. Mothers and daughters should wear their favorite sundress and big hat. All families are welcome. For information contact Regina Grice 409-599-3739; email

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