Chitter couldn’t stand it-as soon as the tractor pulled out of Pap’s garden-she had to shed her shoes and get in it. The other girl-she was mad because I told her she couldn’t do the same. I wouldn’t let her go barefoot in that cold turned ground in the cool evening air because I could hear Granny in my head warning me not to.
Granny is always worrying about someone taking cold-even herself. There are rules she follows like don’t wash your hair if you’re going to have to go outside-you should wash it after you’re in for the night; remember to wear a jacket or coat with a hat or toboggan if it’s windy or you might take cold; if you’ve been sick recently-then when you do go outside you better bundle up good or you might take cold or worse yet-a backset; take all precautions against getting wet in the rain or you might catch a cold.
All my life I’ve laughed at Ganny’s dire warnings of catching cold or taking sick and now here I am telling my recently sick daughter the same thing.
Got any warnings from your Granny?
Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.