100 Happy Days: 6

It’s another present from my three-months-ago birthday! I know how to extend a happy celebration.

Though I make jokes about The Store of My People, I can’t make jokes about the Songs of My People. First, rednecks are not a strictly Southern phenomenon, and second, my people would be rotating in their graves to be called rednecks. Because they weren’t, not even Aunt Jo who scandalized the family by walking downtown barefooted. (I wish I’d known her.)

Rednecks or not, you’ve no doubt known some good ol’ boys, and this poem is in honor of them.

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10 thoughts on “100 Happy Days: 6”

  1. When I was a kid my favorite thing about summer was NO SHOES. Also, I watched a show on the history channel about where american slang comes from … and how the meanings have changed over the years. Red Neck was a term originally used for Scottish Covenanters … who often wore red scarfs bandanas etc around their necks to signify their beliefs – and they settled large areas of the south …

    Now me an my Daddy’s side of the family have always been PWT .. but would balk at the term redneck too … good ol’ boy yes, hillbilly, maybe, Redneck – no.

    1. I favor the other meaning: those who labor in the sun, particularly in rural areas, and get sunburned on the backs of their necks. (At least that honors hard work.) Whether it was the Presbyterians, the miners, or the farmers who were first so described, it has come to mean something that I know doesn’t fit my family. I most like to be called a Southerner, and some people mean that descriptor as an insult, too. Bless their hearts.

      1. .. I come from a family of manual laborers, which hasn’t completely ended that I know of … we dont mind the ‘red necks ‘ part it is the implication of ignorance …

        And southerner as an insult, shut your mouth! There are people who claim to be part of us that aren’t …

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