By Dick Ham
I was just thinking the other day about how much I love Kentucky and how proud I am to be a Kentuckian.
I was born in Kentucky, graduated from high school, college and graduate school in Kentucky.
I married a Kentucky girl in her hometown of Owensboro, and we have two daughters, both born in Kentucky.
Nancie and I lived in Arkansas for two years and Tennessee for 16 years. For the other 39 years of our marriage, we’ve lived in Kentucky. We’ve lived in Richmond for 30 years. That is the longest time we’ve lived in one place.
I honestly believe Kentuckians are the finest people you can find anywhere. Not perfect, but good, kind and ready to assist when tragedies occur.
My grandfather Alexander was a western Kentucky country preacher. He spent his entire life in Edmondson and Grayson counties in western Kentucky.
He insisted that anyone who lived in Kentucky was a hillbilly. You didn’t necessarily have to live in the mountains to carry that designation. He used the term hillbilly as a matter of pride in much the same way as a lot of folk today use redneck.
The following are things he had written in a notebook, and one of his daughters came across it and shared it with me. I thought my readers would enjoy it.
You Know You’re from Kentucky
If you can spit tobacco and talk at the same time
If your idea of a family outing is to go the grocery store on Saturday
If the trim on your car is duct tape
If you answer the question “Whacha been doin’?” with, “Aw nuthin’ much.”
If the bathroom is located 75 feet behind the house
If you go to yard sales to decorate your house
If you think Deer Crossing signs are directions to the best hunting area
If you consider a saw and a washboard to be musical instruments
If your folks sell used tires and concrete statues in the front yard
If your black velvet paintings are considered your art collection
If your idea of a gourmet meal is soup beans and corn bread
If your sister is also your cousin and your aunt too
If you have more than two cars in your yard on concrete blocks
If your idea of 4th of July fireworks is a shotgun and a box of shells.
I sincerely hope all my readers accept this as “tongue-in-cheek” and can smile with me after reading it.
The Comedy Team that has made more movies than any other is, “The Three Stooges.”
How many months have 28 days?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Hilbilly Grammar – Singular: y’all Plural: all y’all
Plural possessive: all y’all’s
Present tense: I eat; Past tense: I already et. Future tense: I’m fixin’ to eat.