We used to live in Alabama.  Birmingham, to be exact.  When it all shook down, I was a little terrified, but always one for an adventure I looked forward to moving.  I moved there after we were married and Randy had been living there for almost a year.  There are a million and seven things that are different about the south.  I could wax on all day about these things, but I will save you the time (plus, I know that at least one true bona fide southerner reads this, although I am not sure she really claims that heritage the way I might…but I digress…).  So there is nothing like being scolded by a southern woman.  Here’s the thing; you may have been and you just do not know it!!  I remember Randy correcting, yes, correcting a little girl who called him “Mr. Randy” (the audacity!), telling her it was okay, she could just call him “Randy”.  That mother smiled politely (watch out now!), let her daughter ask her question, waited for Randy to respond, sent the girl away and proceeded to walk up one side of him and down the other.  Twice.  That is how we learned that under no circumstances do you correct another person’s child and further more, you YANKEES do not know civility, so back off and let me handle this.  We laugh about this now, but a few very important lessons were learned that day.  I am not going to go into the particulars, but I will carry on and tell you that another thing I learned there was that when you are about to walk up one side and down the other of someone when they are not present and accounted for, you begin by saying, “Bless her/his heart, he/she is a lovely person, however…” and all that follows is forgivable by God.  Because, you know, it’s the Bible belt.

I told you that to tell you this.  Remember that friend that I knit (HANDKNIT!!!) socks for a while ago?  Well.  I will be darned (Ha!  That will be so funny by the end of this sentence!) if she hasn’t already worn a HOLE through one of them!!!  I don’t think she takes them off!  I am altogether flattered and flabbergasted!  So, a darning we will go.  I am already changing my sock methods in my mind.  Reinforcement yarn throughout the sole?  Just the heel, toe and balls of the sole?  Hmmm…

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