Thursday, April 22, 2010

That "Accent"

What is it about a southern accent? Obviously, I don't think about it. Although some southerners try to make their accents more "southern" which can lead to disastrous consequences. Very talented women can soften their southern "drawl" and benefit greatly from it. To me, that requires way too much effort.

While in California I was giving a presentation to a group from western states. After my general talk, I had a Q&A session. This went on for a half hour or so. The questions were pleasant. Many of the topic discussions continued that afternoon. Over dinner, I was answering a question when I noticed a lady just staring at me. When I looked at her, she said, "I just love the way you talk, you know, your accent." A friend beside her added, "Your southern accent is just wonderful."

At that point, I wondered if they had heard anything I had said. Or were they just listening to my "accent". Was this a strength or a detriment? I have never thought of myself as a "pretty face" much less a just a "wonderful accent". Of all the things my Daddy taught me, using my accent to my advantage was not one of them.

But like I often tell my children - it's a package deal. In life we often are not given a choice. We just dance with one who brung us. In this case it is a slow waltz through the oleanders.

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