Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Well that's Weird...

Did you know that most Southerners don't say 'weird'? Nor do they say 'you guys'. Also, and don't ask why I noticed this one, they don't say 'boogers'.

The exception to all of this is Florida, which is really an exception to everything anyway.

In the South they* say:

"Well that's mighty strange..."
"All ya'all come over here ya hear?"
"Wipe off that snot, would ya' please?

In the South they* also don't say, "What's that?" (as in "I didn't quite hear that".)

They* say, "Do what?" To which I usually say, "Huh?"

And finally there's the "Oh Bless Her Heart.." (All starting with caps)

This saying is more complex and can mean several things:

1. "Oh that poor wreck of a person, she is completely hopeless and will always be so."
2. "I can say anything nasty or mean that I want as long as I say 'Bless his heart' so he knows I'm really not SO mean and I am blessing him after all."

I'm assuming these are the things said instead of:
"You moron for God's sake, pull yourself together!"

*I can't honestly say 'we' here, since I still yell, "Come home you guys!" to call my kids inside and I regularly use weird and booger around my house since my kids are still in elementary school.

Well, thank ya'll for visiting my blog and I'll see all ya'all as soon as I get a tissue for this strange bit'a snot there on that child....bless her heart.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Little Book of Magic

Angels are singing, birds are chirping and I am so excited I could spit. At least, I think that's what we here in the South do.

Why this explosion of ecstasy usually reserved for a new ice-cream? Because I am now the proud owner of a new passport. Yep. Me. I am official and I have a little book with my picture in it to prove it. And even almost as good, it took less than a week to get. I did pay the extra money to get it expedited, which I thought meant it would come in perhaps 5 weeks rather than the usual 6. This is the Government people...nothing takes 5 days.

Those of you who are passport pros are probably wondering why all this babble, especially about a little book that represents the tragic state of the world in that we cannot blithely and innocently go and visit whom ever we want any time we want. (glad to get that off my chest) However, this little book also means big things. It means adventure is waiting just around the corner and it reminds me of the wonders I experienced when last I used this little book, nearly 20 years ago. (Which is why I needed a new one)

Now that I have my little book, and I have seen that it is not so very aggravating to obtain, I must fly and get little books for the rest of the family so that we can all go on adventures together. That way, if we all want to rent bikes in Holland, we just whip out our little passports and say, "Tak, I vonten ein reddish bicicle danks."

And, BTW, my last travel companion on big adventures has been my life companion for nearly 20 years, so the little book is a reminder of that small accomplishment.

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