Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What Did Your Daddy Say?!: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week, Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country's flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)

No on the travel portion of the question.  As far as flying the flag, when I've got my own place, getting a flag kit for the front porch is near the top of my "to do" list.

Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.

Neither.  No retreat, no surrender.

Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of person? What kind of person is that?

No, the song will roll around again.  No song is worth being late for work or church.

What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses? In other words, what makes a good dad? What's an expression you associate with your father?

The same answer I gave to this question back in 2013 still holds true:
Good dads love God more than anyone else.  That way they know best how to love others.  Good dads provide for their children; not just financially, but emotionally as well.  Good dads laugh and cry in front of their children and are willing to say both “I was wrong” and “I love you.”  Good dads hug a lot.  Good dads defend their children when they need it, and tear up their children’s rear ends when they need it.  Good dads support their wives/baby’s mamas. Good dads don’t hit the mother of their children with a fist or with words.
There are several expressions I could attribute to my Dad.  Now, to find one fit to print:
  • On the discipline of children causing tears - "The more they cry, the less they have to pee."
  • On the willfully ignorant:  "He don't know sheep s&%t from Shinola."
  • "Sammich" (noun) - sandwich.
  • "Shawty" - ie, shorty, his nickname for my mother.  He called her that decades before it became fashionable to call you significant other your "shawty."
  • "Drank" (noun) - any soft drink, as used in the phrase "Shawty, fix me some drank and a sammich."
What's one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?

No singing at the table.  I guess my parents considered that to be along the lines of playing when we should have been eating.  However, if you've seen my childhood pictures, missing a few spoonfuls wouldn't have hurt me any.  It's not really an issue now; I have to make myself sit at the table long enough to eat, much less sing.  I guess I got my revenge when I was a preschool teacher and taught my class a prayer to sing before meals.  The other teachers thought I was crazy when I let the kids sing and clap a song at the table before eating.  Ask me if I cared...

Insert your own random thought here.

The summer is shaping to be wonderfully different.  The positive changes for which we've been praying are happening.  In the next few weeks, I'll be letting y'all know what's going on.

Please slide over to my sister blog to see the latest project from the Workshop. Thanks.


  1. I loved your answers to the good daddy question. I'm very familiar with "sammich" and "drank". haha While I don't remember ever being called "shawty", "shorty" is a term I am very familiar with, but thankfully my daddy never called me that. :) I heard the shinola phrase, too. Did you grow up in South Carolina, by any chance? haha

    I don't understand the one about peeing, though. The harder I cry, the more I have to go!

    I will definitely check out your other blog.

    Have a blessed week!

    1. Thanks Suzanne. No, I grew up here in Alabama. I figure it all translates down here in the south. :)

  2. You are right about dads needing to say "I was wrong". Too many of us men won't admit it, especially not to their kids. "Drank" was a word we heard quite often growing up. However, if one wanted a carbonated beverage, they would ask for a coke. Then, the next question would be, "What kind of Coke do you want?" You would then respond, Coke, Pepsi, R. C. or whatever particular kind of soft drink you preferred. They were all Coke.

    Sammich was very common when I was growing up, too.

    1. Yeah, we had the "What kind of Coke do you want?" discussions too.

      Thanks so much for reading.

  3. That is very, very funny that your parents had a rule of no singing at the table. That's what I picked for the household rule I didn't understand growing up. I had never heard of anyone else having that rule!

    1. We got into major trouble if we sang at the table. Still not sure why.

  4. I LOVE the "the more they cry, the less they have to pee" quote! That is great!

    1. Makes me laugh every time I think about it. :)

  5. So glad that God is answering your prayers. Enjoy your week.

  6. Loved your description of a good dad and your dad's sayings....heard everyone of them in my head in the voices of my nieces and nephews who live in Alabama.