Appalachia Overheard



After trying a dozen times to get it attached to the tractor Daddy said “I don’t believe the Lord wants me to have that loader.”



Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia


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    Ed Ammons
    August 6, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    But the mark of an Appalachian man is his tenaciousness. If he wants and needs it bad enough, he’ll make it work. That’s how we have survived up until now. We find a way! We don’t need to know how it works, we can figure out how to make it work. The Lord gave us a brain and expects us to use it. If we fail he sends us down into the flatlands to live with the cookie cutter people. You know the ones I am talking about. They live elbow to elbow and stacked on top of each other. Its a fate worse than death!

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    August 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    My second oldest brother once bought a Kobota Tractor. That thing had more attachments than Carter’s got pills. Every time he had to change for another operation, he’d call for help. I got my fingers and toes mashed alot, but it quit hurting after awhile. Anyway, he got to sit there and work the Hydraulics while I hooked it up. We survived and he bush-hogged all over the holler to keep the weeds down…Ken

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    Ron Banks
    August 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Sometimes things just plain don’t fit. Whether it’s machinery or relationships no matter how hard you try it just won’t work. I think the good Lord wants us to try to make things work in harmony but some are just not to be and we have to accept that door is closed and wait on another one to open. We try to beat, bang and adjust to try and make it work but some things just aren’t compatible.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 6, 2016 at 11:27 am

    The way I look at it if the Lord didn’t want Daddy to have the loader he wouldn’t have given him the tractor.

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    Ron Stephens
    August 6, 2016 at 9:12 am

    You make me smile, remembering people who matter of factly believed and acted on the belief that the Lord’s care and keeping was directly involved in the details of their daily lives. I believe that to, and have experienced it. I can’t put it into words that do it justice but that comes mighty close (if it is not) to Him being one’s friend and one being His. I expect if He didn’t want him to have the loader it was because He had something better in nind.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 6, 2016 at 7:27 am

    It’s smart to pay attention to our guidance!

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