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Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

Where can we live but days?

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I went to the bank to sort out some business for my mother today, and the man there needed to ring her to check some information. "It takes her a while to get to the phone these days," I said, "so it'll probably go to voicemail while she's mid-dodder. If it does, ring her again in a minute."

It happened just as I'd said. Later, my mother asked: "Did you really say 'mid-dodder'?" She pretended to be offended, but was actually laughing. She added that the secret to staying safe in the house at an advanced age was: "Do everything at a pace that makes snails sneer."

I hope I'm a phrase-maker when I'm 92.

I like them both - both word and phrase. :)

I like your mother's attitude and her skill with words!

Your mother's aphorism expresses the same general principle by which I've been training myself to use my cane as much as possible.