Clogs are shoes with a thick wooden sole, and were commonly used by factory and other manual workers in the north of England. This saying portends that seldom do three descents continue well. According to a Scottish proverb, 'The Father buys, the Son biggs [builds], The Grandchild sells, and his Son thiggs [begs]'.‘From clogs to clogs is only three generations.’ is a Lancashire proverb, implying that, however rich a poor man may eventually become, his great-grandson will certainly fall back to poverty and ‘clogs’.
There is certainly some truth in this saying because we do see it all around us especially with super rich folks.I think now that mum must have been on to something,you see both her parents were literate farmers, they lived well ( at least according to the standard of living they had in the village) back then. Things became tough when my mum decided she was not cut out for farming and wanted to pursue her education beyond secondary level which was considered good enough in those days. Being from a polygamous home where there were many other children, and being female, my mum didn't stand a chance of getting her dad to pay for that 'indulgence'. So my grandmother trained her only child up to tertiary level by the sweat of her brow. it is now evident that due to that singular decision, we the next generation, are heads and shoulders above our contemporaries in the family. I am now thinking that mum might have wondered if this saying applied to us or maybe she was trying to teach us a lesson only ( i ought to ask her one of these days). Whatever that saying meant to her, there is ample evidence that there is no cause to worry, our story will never be like that...so clogs to clogs in three generations?..nah..i beg to differ.