We enjoyed considerable freedom of expression when we were kids, as long as we felt like saying, “Yes, Ma’am. No Ma’am. Yes Sir, How high Sir? May I be excused? and God is great, God is good, Pass the beans. Amen.”
The quickest way to get in trouble was to open my big mouth and ask questions or God Forbid, tell family business. Telling Family Business assured swift and terrible punishment., like the time I told my Sunday School Class Phyllis was born June 20 and my parents got married June 29. Mother was furious. I couldn’t see any problem with that. Both facts were true. It mattered not at all to me that Mother wanted all the church ladies to be very clear on the fact that she’d been married nearly a full year before Phyllis came along. Things like that really mattered back in the 1950’s. Now folks are impressed if Mama and Daddy just get married.