TEXT: “El que se fue a la villa, perdió su silla.”
INFORMANT DESCRIPTION: Female, 60, Mexican
CONTEXT: This proverb was said to me when I got up from a table and when I retuned my seat had been taken. It is used when situation like that occur and can also be applied in any situation where someone leaves a metaphorical post and then someone else takes their place. Common proverb said to children when first learning responsibility and possession. Also used jokingly between adults. The informant learned it from her parents as a baby and continued to use it sparingly in her life.
ORIGINAL SCRIPT: “El que se fue a la villa, perdió su silla.”
TRANSLITERATION: “Eh-l keh seh foo-eh ah l-ah vee-yah, peh-rr-dee-oh soo see-yah.”
TRANSLATION: “He who went to the town, lost his chair.”
THOUGHTS: I have always heard this saying and also learned it growing up. I have used it on occasion when it fits but have also heard other variations.