One of my perfect afternoons would involve me, a sofa, a bottle of wine, a tub of Ben and Jerry’s (cookie dough preferably) and my SKY Planner crammed through of Judge Judy episodes.
I just love her. She’s an inspiration to me, in her 70s and still going strong. Clever, funny and sassy. The perfect combination. She shoots from the hip and tells it like it is. She does not suffer fools or liars and she can make a grown man (or woman) squirm with one steely glare. Why people go on her show to be so humiliated is beyond me. . For their 15 minutes of fame misfits from all over the country queue up toe be on the show, and despite the continuous conveyor belt of woman lending man money/girls fighting over a man/drunken fighting etc etc. its mesmerizing viewing because of one amazing lady Judith Sheindlin.
And when she repeats one of her classic quotes I just love it… here are some of my favourites
“If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true.”
“I love the truth. If you don’t tell me the truth, you’re gonna be eating your shoes.”
“If you live to be a hundred, you will never be as smart as me. On your BEST day, you’re not as smart as *I* am on my WORST day.”
“…I eat morons like you for breakfast. You’re gonna be crying before this is over.”
“Have you ever heard of the K.I.S.S. principle? ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid.'”
“I’m the boss, Applesauce.”
“Two people can’t talk at the same time. When my mouth is moving, it means that you need to be quiet.”
“Do you know when a gift becomes a loan? When the relationship
is over. Have you ever heard that, sir? Well, neither have I.
I just made it up. I’m going to put it on coffee mugs.”
“My grandmother always told me; beauty fades, but dumb is forever!”
“Of course I’m right, I’m always right.”
“I’m like a truth machine..”
“On your BEST day you’re not as smart as I am on my worst day”
“Do I look like I need help from you?”
“Do I have stupid written over my forehead?”
“I’m here because I’m smart, not because I’m young and gorgeous…. although I am!”
Now I know this sounds like a very selfish, un-family oriented secret pastime for me to love BUT Judge Judy can also come into your household to resolve children’s disputes and create a family bonding exercise as well.. Let me explain how…
In our house I have created a game called Judging Mummy. If the kids are fighting, yelling and generally being a pain I pull them apart and sit them down. They both have to tell me their side of the argument and Judging Mummy (Me!) gets to decide who is right and who is wrong. They enter my courtroom (AKA living room) agreeing to abide by my decision and my law is the only law! What actually happens with this game is that they get so involved in proving their case they forget about the original argument and just have fun. They draw diagrams, give video evidence they film on their phones – it all becomes a giggle and they love playing! I sprinkle in some select Judge Judy lines ( see above) and voila – family fun had by all.. Try it its brilliant!
So even if you are not a Judge Judy fan, know she has far reaching powers to resolve disputes! And, for me the fact that it has been reported that Judge Judy is the highest paid TV personality, earning over $9000,000 every day means she is the goddess of girl power and is worth every single cent!
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