I don’t think anyone truly knows where the anecdote, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk, comes from. It seems to date back a long, long time. I have heard it used in many different ways, such as “don’t cry over spilt milk” and “no use crying over shed milk”. It has been used in books and manuscripts dating back hundreds of years. The origin is unclear. I have read that it might have originated as a way for mother’s to keep their kids crying when they spilled their milk. Others think it might have been more algorical. Whatever the reason it came about, it is meaning it pretty clear. Don’t cry, worry, or fret over what have already happened; it is over and done with so move on.
I have always asked myself, why milk? Why not some other liquid? I know there was a time and place where milk was more a delicacy. A time when it wasn’t sitting on every shelf in every grocery store. I can only guess that this saying originated from this time. As a mother, I made this saying into “don’t cry over spilt breast milk”. Or when my oldest son was a baby, he had milk intolerances, and we had a hard time finding a formula that would work, and ended up using the most expensive one on the market- “don’t cry over spilled baby formula”. No matter the origin, we can substitute the milk with anything in our lives- anything that is over and done with and can’t be changed. “Don’t cry over the lost ball game last week”, “Don’t cry over the meal that just burned”. The saying may have started years ago but it is still relevant today.
What is your milk right now? What do you have burdening you down that you should let go?