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SoCS – Put a Lid on It

Linda is home from her visit to the bar and has a new challenge for us. Pop over to Linda’s place to join in: Life in Progress – check out the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

This week, the prompt is:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “lid.” Use it in the literal sense, use it in the metaphorical sense, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!


My parents had four children and we could be rambunctious at times. When we had pushed the envelope a bit too far and the noise approached an intolerable level, we would always hear “Put a lid on it!” I guess that was nicer than hearing our parents tell us to shut up but that may have been what they were thinking.

My grandmother seemed to have a lot of lids that no longer had a matching pan to go with it. But the lids were never thrown away. They were perfect for turning upside down in your lap and use as a pan for stringing beans. When my grandmother make popcorn, she used a huge cast iron skillet with piping hot oil and a huge mismatched lid to keep it contained as it popped. I can still see her sliding the skillet back and forth with that dented aluminum lid on top. Her left arm was responsible for holding the skillet handle and the right keeping the lid on tight. That’s a lot of coordination and a lot of strength to keep that huge heavy skillet going like that. Of course, it was the best tasting popcorn, too, or at least my memory tells me so!

16 thoughts on “SoCS – Put a Lid on It”

  1. In London, there is a local patois known as Cockney Rhyming Slang. If you are not brought up with it, it can be very confusing.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyming_slang
    In that alternative ‘language’, a child (or kid) is called a ‘Saucepan Lid’, as it rhymes with ‘Kid’. If you have more than one child, this would usually be abbreviated to ‘Saucepans’, as in someone might say, “You’re married then. Got any saucepans?”. I would know exactly what they meant. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. A wonderful matching pair: home made popcorn, and home made ice cream. Those were the days…. I’m glad I was not the kitchen keeper and cook. Microwave and Braum’s will be in my grandkids memory.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. Those old memories are the best and our grandchildren will someday think the same of their time with us.

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