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Thursday, June 28, 2012

If Only We Could Save 'Em

My Mama taught me to be polite and always say something nice. Aunt J'nelle told me, "If you cannot say something nice, don't say anything at all." My Aunty's advice, as she took a drag off her ever present Salem cigarette, was to "Tell it like it is - after all if they don't already know the truth, you're doing them a favor".  Aunt Kat said there was always something nice to say about everyone. She always was the perky optimistic, but I digress.

So growing up, I tried to mind my manners. However, as I have aged, I have come to think more and more of my Aunty's advice. After all, someone needs to save the world from its self!

This all came to a head when I heard a certain lady, who moved to our little southern town from New Jersey, make a comment about this ol' boy and his pick up truck. Seems where she came from, "nice" boys didn't drive pick-up trucks. I thought she had been down here long enough to know everyone drives a pick-up truck. 

The conundrum for me was where to start. Was it with her voice that sounded like nails on a chalk board? Or, her big hair? (That went out of style with Dynasty?) Or, the little sequinned tops she wore every where during the day? (Southern women don't wear "sparkly" clothes during the day.)

Nope, I wanted to go for the serious offense. The Hell with her obnoxious voice, her teased hair, and her tacky clothes, she cut down a Magnolia tree in her front yard - a full grown blooming Magnolia tree in front of God and everybody. Has the woman no shame?

3 comments:

Linda Medrano said...

 There is something about cutting down a magnificent Magnolia that weighs heavy on my soul.  When people are transplanted, and they have unkind and unpleasant things to say about their new home, they need to spend the dime and call their crew from their old hood to complain about the place.  But magnolias are a gift that should never be destroyed.  Terrible!  I have a big old oak tree in my front yard.  We get it "pruned" every other year or so, but it's over 100 years old.  Cutting it down would never happen on my watch.  The Jersey woman needs to watch out for angry Southern ladies in pick up trucks!

Ann Currie said...

Linda, You haven't read my blog enough to know the history of my family, my Mama and magnolias. When you have some time search the blog for the history there. Especially : 
http://www.abitsouthofnormal.com/2009/09/ah-magnolias.html . To her they are a religion.

Ann Currie said...

Linda, You haven't read my blog enough to know the history of my family, my Mama and magnolias. When you have some time search the blog for the history there. Especially : 
http://www.abitsouthofnormal.com/2009/09/ah-magnolias.html . To her they are a religion.