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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Pap’s Advice

There’s no telling what she said, but Pap looks like he thinks she’s a little cracked or crazy as a bed bug or beyond the pale or then again maybe he’s asking her don’t she know she shouldn’t cast her pearls before swine or don’t she realize her chickens will come home to roost eventually?

Or maybe he’s telling her what he used to tell me: don’t be so toucheous and independent you ought to always listen to advice from someone who’s been down that road before.

Why is it-all those things make perfect sense once your an adult-but they’re clear as mud before that?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    Pat Shumway
    April 26, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I think he’s amused by her fashion sense and is saying something to tease her, like “I hope that hankie was washed before you put it on your hair!”

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    Tom Deep
    April 26, 2016 at 8:11 am

    What a neat capture Tipper.

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    June 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Love this!
    I’d give anything to still be hearing my Pap’s advice.**sniff**

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    June 28, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Love it, love it and I agree with all the comments too. Great post Tipper!

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    SandyCarlson (USA)
    June 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    She is so intense, and he is so loving. This image is a metaphor for growing up.

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    Suzi Phillips
    June 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    A picture that truly says a 1,000 words! Been called toucheous a few(hundred)times myself-LOL.

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    June 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Looks like they both may be a little ornery at this time, but know they love each other anyway.

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    June 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Some things you just have to learn for yourself.
    Cute post. I think we can all relate to it. 🙂

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    Lisa @ Two Bears Farm
    June 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Love it! Thanks for the smile 🙂

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    Jim Casada
    June 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    My Grandpa Joe’s favorite phrase was, “you’ll larn,” and he was right. As I near the age he was when we spent so much time together, I increasingly realize, for all that he was widely and rightly considered “quair,” that Grandpa had a great deal of insight on the human condition.
    Some would have considered him paranoid, but for my part I just think he was fiercely independent and ready, first and foremost, to trust himself, his hands, his effort, his thoughts, and his way of doing things.
    In my view, we’d be a lot better off today if we had more folks with that outlook and fewer always expecting the government to look after them. I’ll hush before I really get wound up and work ethic, making do with what you’ve got, and concepts such as charity beginning at home.
    Jim Casada

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    B. Ruth
    June 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    We always said “crazy as a Bessie bug”. ha
    I love Paps use of touchy, as toucheous…I’d say Paps a good ole feller…she’d be wise to listen and I’m sure she does…
    My Mom would say…”She was just a wee bit ‘teched’ (touched as in crazy) in the head especially if the ‘she’ she was talking about ‘shet’ the door hard for no reason! ha
    I know she knows that the chickens will come home to roost…and what goes around comes around…ha
    Haven’t heard ‘beyond the pale’ or casting your pearls before the swine uaed in that tense in a long time…
    But sometimes you have to go outside the paling (fence) just be careful and run back if trouble abounds…also I always wondered about casting your pearls before the swine (Bible) …What if one piggy listened and changed and cleaned his sty?

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    June 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    This is why we have grandparents!
    They guide the young folks, always
    pointing out the things they have
    faced in life. I like that…Ken

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    B. Ruth
    June 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Don’t reckon she was suggestin’ that she might get a “nose diamond” or an “eyebrow ring” piercing do you?…In that case go for it Pap and don’t let’er rest…stay on her case!…ha
    I just can’t stand those things on pretty faces….
    but that is a Grandmas’ opinion! ha
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Wanda Devers
    June 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I think we said tetchious–always got that way when getting good advice. Takes a long time sometimes to realize we should have listened!!

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    Mike McLain
    June 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    It is amazing that when kids get to about age 13, parents (and grandparents) start going stupid. When the kids get to be about 20, if you’re lucky, parents start showing glimmerings of intelliigence, then by the time they get to about age 25, parents start looking smart.

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    June 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

    When we were kids, if one of us got “out of sorts” and grouchy, Daddy would tell us, “You need work!”

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    June 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I never took any advice either. She’ll wise up just like we all do I suppose…

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    Don Casada
    June 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I think Pap is grinning a bit, somewhat incredulous that she’s not talking or whistling.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    June 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Those are the ways of growing up. They are good girls.

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    Just Jackie
    June 27, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Your dad’s looking a lot better. He looked a little peeked last time I saw him. Give him a hug from me. I would take his advise any day !!!!

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    Miss Cindy
    June 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I don’t know why….but it does!
    Those two faces looks a little like stubborn meetin stubborn!!!lol
    Neither of them would back down from a wildcat!

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    June 27, 2011 at 8:15 am

    hope ‘toucheous’ isn’t on a vocabulary test. i won’t get that one:)

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    Vicki Lane
    June 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Wonderful picture — and wise words, Tipper!

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    June 27, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I see a little bit of “devilment” in both those faces!

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