You must eat a peck of dirt before you die
Growing up, my mother used to say to me all the time, "Marsha, you must eat a peck of dirt before you die." I literally conjured up in my own little mind's eye someone slowly eating spoonfuls of dirt. Later, as an adult, I came to understand that this was a saying from the 18th century meaning that everyone has to endure something unpleasant during their lifetime. As wise as my mother was, I still think about being forced to eat dirt every time I see soil on any fruit or vegetable. A Proustian response? Perhaps.