Wisdom[?]

“I just think ever’body’s got his way of feelin’. You’ve got your way, and if you think you’re right a’doin’ somethin’, well, you’re just as honest as I am because you’re doin’ what you think is right.
Maybe there’s somethin’ I like t’eat, and you don’t like it fer a thing in this world. I’d say, ‘Oh, eat this. This is good. Eat it. Eat it. Eat.” Well, now, if you don’t like it, you don’t want t’eat it. I think that’s right in lettin’ th’other man have his privilege.
Some people have superstitions, and that’s their business too. You’ve heard these old tales where if you dream a dream and tell it before breakfast, it’ll come t’pass? Or th’old sayin’ on New Year’s mornin’ that if a man comes t’your house first, you’ll have good luck. If a woman comes t’your house first, throw th’broom in front a’her ‘fore she comes in th’door or you’ll have bad luck. That’s an old sayin’, y’know. And not t’take th’ashes out between Christmas and New Year. If you do, you’ll have bad luck. Or eat black-eyed peas for New Year’s day? I seen a piecein th’paper where someone was eatin’ cabbage for New Year. If I had cabbage any time through th’year, I’uz proud of it.
And some believe if th’smoke’s a’goin’ t’th’ground, it’s a’gonna’ rain. Or if it’s clear fogs through th’month of January, then there’ll be frost in May. Lots a’people believes them, and that’s their privilege. But I never pay no ‘tention to ‘em.

 [Maude Shope, Foxfire 2]

1 Comment

  1. Krissy Said,

    January 5, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    Very wise. =)

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