Southern Living, Use Your Words

Southern Boy

I thought Sean was developing a speech impediment but it turns out it’s just a southern accent. Sean: “Aah ayuht awll mah deenor Mommy. Can aaah hayuve aahce cuhweem?” Antique Daddy: I think he said “I ate all my dinner Mommy. Can I have ice cream?” Antique Mommy: We may have to move. To Canada.

Family Stories, Southern Living

Ode to Granny McKee

Dear Granny McKee, You had long passed away by the time I married into your family, but I feel like I know you from the stories your children and grandchildren like to tell of you. Now that I have a child of my own, it is all the more that I admire you. On those days when I’m exhausted from the constant struggle of trying to shape one pint-sized caveman into a civilized human being and I’m up to my eyeballs in self-pity, I try to imagine what your life was like living out on the…

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Sometimes Tart, Southern Living

I Love A Parade – Once Every Five Years

 There’s an old song that starts out “I love’a parade!” Well, I don’t. Parades, fireworks and the state fair all fall into the same category for me under the heading “Been There Done That.” If I see a parade once every five years, I’m good. Saturday morning there was a parage at the annual stock show and rodeo. And since I’d seen a parade in the last five years, I wasn’t all that thrilled about going. But Antique Daddy and the boy love that kind of thing and I’m a go-along-get-along kind of gal, so I went.…

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Antique Friends, Sometimes Tart, Southern Living

The Hostess with the Leastest

We had visitors right after Christmas – a family of four from California. They stop by for a few days about once a year and we always look forward to their visit. They are smart and interesting people with kids they have home-schooled into smart and interesting teenagers. We are always hoping that maybe some of that smart and interesting will rub off on us by proximity, so we ask them to stay with us whenever they are in town. And they always do, which makes me think they might be faking that smart thing. The…

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Southern Living, Thank You Notes

Pay It Forward

So much has been written and said about Hurricane Katrina, that I hardly think I have anything more to offer on that topic in terms of how things went so horribly wrong and who is to blame. What I do have to say is how proud I am of my adopted home, the great state of Texas and the many Texans (naturalized or native) who have stepped up to the plate to care for the suffering. We are a big state with big hair, big hats, big ideas, occasionally big mouths, but most of all, big…

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