I strongly suspect that many of us have never heard of John Heywood (c 1497 – 1580) yet he seems to have a continuing impact on modern conversations with some regularly used sayings. He was a well known playwright who attended four royal courts despite being a political activist and a Catholic. He eventually had to flee England but he left behind a legacy of words.In 1546 alone he wrote the following:
- A penny for your thoughts
- One good turn deserves another
- I know on which side my bread is buttered
- Two heads are better than one
- When the sun shineth, make hay
- Haste maketh waste
- Look ere ye leap
- Beggars should be no choosers
- Better late than never
- You cannot see the wood for the trees
- This hitteth the nail on the head
- Rome was not built in one day
- All is well that ends well
- The fat is in the fireepigrams:
- The more the merrier
- Many hands make light work
My mother used these words when it was time to weed the garden, pick raspberries, hang laundry out or do the dishes. They certainly had an impact on me and it is a saying that I have been known to utter.
Our hard working son Spencer and his wonderful girlfriend Alexis have responded to our requests for assistance for the past two Monday evenings. Last week we needed help to get our daughter and son-in-law moved out of their city house quickly. It wasn’t a fun task but with a little take out food and some beer we bribed them to work. They were superb despite the intense heat and the stairs and a bit of general chaos. Today we asked if they would come help us lay sod. It certainly wasn’t intense heat today that was an issue but the wind and the temperature sure made us miss the heat. We fed them home made chili and beer and they left with food for their lunches. We are grateful that we have these young willing hands who help lighten our load. Of course Spencer says that payback is going to be hell!
We are thankful that many hands made light work often in our lives.