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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

They're Talkin' Like Texans!

I love the way people talk here. Especially the women. And more especially, the women who grew up here. I really luuuvvv them. They just ooze when they talk. The first time the lady at the toll booth told me, "May the Lord bless your day", I almost squeezed her. She was a pretty big gal, lots to squish. Then there are the Texas moms who call their kids 'baby'--said with Texas flair. I've even walked into a room and had a friend say, "hey mama!" Again, said like a Texan. I've tried saying a few things, whispered to myself of course, but I just look like a type A, bossy mom. So totally far from the truth.

Lately, I've noticed that my girls are talking more and more like the natives. "Yes mam" has to be my ALL TIME favorite words the girls have picked up. They say it at school, and they love saying it so much that they say it at home too. Now when I yell at them (in my most heavenly voice), they just look at me once I'm finished and reply, "yes mam". That's what I'm talkin' about! If you don't already live in Texas, you should move here. Just for that.

Sometimes the girls will slip in a "ya'll". Sam actually uses it a lot. I have yet to have the courage to bust out with it. I don't ooze when I talk like the Texas moms. There is no slight drawl to my words, so I don't feel worthy of the "ya'll". The other night Makell and Sam were wrestling on the kitchen floor, one was kidney punching the other. As I stepped around them I heard Sam exclaim, "Get 'r done!" That's when I stopped short. That one gave me pause. I realized that you really live in Texas when your kids start saying "Get 'r done". Maybe in the future I'll have enough Texas in my blood to throw a 'fixin' into a conversation. Who knows, I may just start calling my girls, "baby"....or, maybe not.

Git 'R Done.

9 comments :

Becky Leland said...

calling your kids "baby" is truly southern - and y'all is all we say in the south. I love listening to Paul Deen - a true southern accent!

love y'all

Becky Leland said...

I meant Paula Deen - not Paul.

Grammie said...

A young teen from the north had a totally southern history teacher at Klein Forest High. She came home completely perplexed one day and told her mom that the teacher had told them that slaves were "oscillated". It took some time to unravel the mystery -- the slaves were isolated.

--- "Miss" Linda

Suburban Hippie said...

We have rules about it in our house. Y'all is totally acceptable but aint sure isn't.

Suburban Hippie said...

Also; my kids are pumpkin pie.

Queen Of The Castle said...

Before we moved to Dallas we had some friends give us a book "Fixin to be Texan" I should forward it to you, it might help you get some of that Texas flair!! My BIL grew up in Spring and he is always saying all ya'll!!

The Zoo Keeper-ette said...

When you're fixin' to get ready to talk like a native, ya'll definitely has to be a the top of the list! You live there- all ya'll are worthy to say ya'll now!! :) Luv ya!

Kristin said...

I don't have the courage (or is it desire) to bust out with "y'all," either. And, my friends in the west would rather die than be called "mam." I like the "Yes, mam/sir" bit, too.

Tana said...

Living in Killeen, the word that I heard often was Skraight instead of Straight. I thought it was a disease until I was corrected. "I was fixin't to go skraight over there and axe'd her a quession"

Bad grammer at it's best.