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Where Ya’ll From ?

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I just got reminded of something recently . Haven’t thought about it in a while , but some things that got said on the wild and wacky world of FaceBook made me recall it.  Apparently, I have an accent. A Southern one. HA! 🙂 The conversation had started over one of those quizzes that people take on FB. You know the ones I mean; Which color are you?  Can we guess your home state? What magical creature are you? and on it goes.  Well, they had this quiz on there , “Can you translate these southern sayings?” .  So. I’m just going to come right out and say it. I don’t know what people they were talking to but it was NOT anybody from anywhere near the South. I seriously had NEVER heard any of the things they had listed , and don’t know of anyone who has. So in the interest of telling it like it is, let me share with you some true deep South sayin’s.

1. More nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs.

(You’re pretty nervous.)

2. That fence\house\wall is cattywhomped.

(It’s crooked. )

3. Those two just do not geehaw with one another.

(When a team of animals are taught to pull gee is the command to go left and haw the command to go right, they have to work together to accomplish their task, so this saying means ”They don’t get along.”)

4. Ugly as homemade soap.

(You’re in a bad way ugly)

Somebody whooped you with an ugly stick. ( Same thing)

5. I’m feelin’ so poorly, I’d have to get better to die.

(You’re pretty sick.)

6. His bread’s in the oven , but the gas ain’t on.

Dumber than a bag of hammers.

(Both ways of saying of saying someone is very dumb.)

7. Drunker than Cooter Brown.

(Although I have heard this expression from lots of people I never have learned who Cooter was or why he was so drunk.)

8. Don’t mollycoddle that kid.

(You’re spoiling them, and letting them get away with way too much.)

9, The Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.

(Meaning , if it’s supposed to happen it will.)

10. You’re payin’ for your raisin’.

( Your child is just like you, and now you are regretting being such a brat to your parents. )

And so on it goes.  So there’s a taste of something real.  I mean , after all , real Southern accents are made by sweet tea sippin’ , front porch sittin’, magnolia bloomin’, swingin’ slow, muggy hot summers.  I suppose maybe those quiz people were just doing the best they could , “Bless their little ole hearts. ”    😀

About Me~

6 Small Things~

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~ My Daddy doing what he does best, welding , working , and smiling. ~

You know I’ve always been a Daddy’s girl. He had 3 before me, and I know he surely hoped for a boy with me, but I was what he got, so he told people “Well, that’s the only boy I’m ever gonna’ have, so I guess I’ll make do.” My Daddy’s a really wise man , too. Not school book learned maybe. He didn’t go to college and get all kinds of fancy papers to hang on his wall, but you don’t need those to say you’re smart. I got to thinking this morning it would be fun to write down some of the bits of wisdom my Daddy has taught me so far in life. You know, what good is wisdom , if you don’t pass it along? Hmmmm, let’s see, what would be the number one thing my Daddy would tell me since I was little?

1. Be proud of who you are. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel ashamed of where you came from. He came up poor, or as we say here in Arkansas PO, ’cause he couldn’t even afford the extra OR. People tried to make him feel ashamed of that his whole life, but he was never sorry he was raised up knowing the value of hard work, and the REAL value of a dollar.

2. DON’T DO BUSINESS with your family. It only complicates things. Emotions get involved. You’ll let them run you over like you wouldn’t let a stranger, and then people are forced to take sides . Or as my Daddy so famously says, “Family will do you over worse than anyone.”

3.DON’T start any fights , but DON’T be afraid to FINISH one. I was very small for my age, but my Daddy taught me not to be scared of anything or anybody. I once punched a guy twice my size right in the nose, just for refusing to shut up that I was wearing a dress. ( Not my usual attire)

4. NEVER STEAL. My Daddy hates a thief worse than any other thing. He doesn’t mean a man who would steal something to eat, or wear, or survive. But someone who steals because they are too lazy to get a job. Because it’s the easy thing to do. Steal from someone who works hard, and take it for themselves.

5.If you TELL someone you will do something , THEN DO IT. Otherwise, don’t bother. Liars run right underneath thieves on the list of things my Dad can’t stand. Your word should mean something. Respect, there is such a thing, and he STILL holds to it.

6. And lastly, probably the most important thing my Daddy ever taught me is that tell the people you love , every day that you love them. HIS father’s generation was not from the time where that was something you said. My Dad did not hear that from his dad . It wasn’t that he didn’t KNOW , but he didn’t HEAR it. My Daddy still tells me he loves me every day. He tells me , “You don’t know, might not be here this evenin’. Might not be here tomorrow. I love ya.”
If you didn’t believe in the 10 commandments these 6 things you could live by, I’ve used them in my life more times than I can remember, and they’ve carried me through so many places. They’ve gotten me jobs, made me friends, kept my home at peace , and filled my heart with almost more memories than it can hold. Thanks , Daddy, I love you.