“That’s the way a body does. They just get busy and let things go that ought to be done.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    October 19, 2019 at 10:28 am

    I’ve heard that said but don’t think I have ever said it. I do notice the more that I do the more I see needs doing.

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    October 19, 2019 at 10:15 am

    It seems that is one thing about Appalachia I have noticed, and that is laziness or sleeping late is really frowned upon. One would think it was the opposite with all the false portrayals of mountain folk. Quite to the contrary, and in my work I found elderly and disabled still trying to maintain their homes and remain independent.
    Many times I have worked like “fighting fire” in the past, and have had to actually calm it down a few times. One would think as you get older there is boredom and less to do There is more to do, because if you are retired folks around can find plenty for you to do. Recently, I have fallen back on some of the wise and true sayings from the past by reaffirming,”It will be here when I am gone.” Mom was a little laid back with great attitude, and would warn, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Grandchildren solve it all, as there is no chore I won’t leave to just drive here and there as if I have all the time in the world. Sometimes I just bake cookies, and try to ignore the dust bunnies that seem to accumulate overnight neath my bed.

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    Ed Ammons
    October 19, 2019 at 10:11 am

    I got to thinking the other day that if all the people headed for church on Sunday morning would stop and help someone along the way who was in need, the church house would be empty. The church house would be empty but the Church would be full!

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    October 19, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I have heard, said and done that!

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    Gayle Larson
    October 19, 2019 at 8:40 am

    I remember hearing that as a child but don’t think I ever used it.

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    Ron Stephens
    October 19, 2019 at 8:32 am

    My Dad said my great uncle told him there would be work to be done when they were each gone. Well, they are and it is true. I think I have posted that before. But anyway, the point is there is never a getting done. Once one starts from that place it leads to figuring out how best to come short of it. It isn’t about being lazy. Rather it is about finding peace about what is beyond our capability. We are limited by time, money, enthusiasum, etc and we might as well face it. And if I am any example, as we get older knowing and accepting our limits becomes ever more important for peace of mind.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 19, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Now that is a tidbit of pure truth!

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    October 19, 2019 at 6:21 am

    A neighbor of ours told me one time ” The more you do the more you see needs doing ” thats why you never seem to get caught up.

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    aw griff
    October 19, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Just yesterday I heard a man say he grew up believing that when you lost a tooth if you never put your tongue in that socket you would grow a new tooth.

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