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“I suwannee,” pronounced SWANee, is an oldie - but a goodie. I heard this many a time out on my Grandmother, Mama Barnes’, front porch. It’s Southern slang for “Well, what a surprise!” or “I’ve never heard any such as that!”

Mama Barnes wore dresses every day of her life. Nary a pair of pants in all her 83 years … It just wasn’t lady-like. But, my other grandmother, Maybelle, (aka Granny) worked hard in the cotton fields and the mill all her life, had 8 children, and took care of her widowed mother and grandmother. She didn’t have the time or the energy to fuss with anything that wasn’t practical. Granny just plain succombed to convenience and ease, I guess. She began wearing pants in her fifties and never looked back. She never again had to bother with taking hold of the hem of her dress as she bent over, sat down or climbed the stairs.

Well, I can just imagine, when Mama Barnes heard about this … her response was “Well, I suwannee!”

I bet she clutched her pearls, too.

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4 Comments

  1. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on the January 21, 2011 remarked #

    I love your background.

    I just found your blog through a Thursday blog hop! Have a great night.

    Amanda @ http://www.nutritionistreviews.com

  2. Greg Parrott on the January 21, 2011 remarked #

    Well I Swannee, I bet your grandmothers and my grandmothers are sitt’in on that porch in heaven enjoying a glass of sweet tea. These are lost southern slang that are still etched in my mine till this day. Southernism’s (if that’s a word) are the best. One of my favorites was to hear my grandmothers say, “Bless your Heart”. LIVE, LOVE & LAUGH !

  3. Rebecca Lopez on the January 21, 2011 remarked #

    Thanks for reminding me of so many little things that are such precious memories. I sure like the way they expressed themselves! A lot better than the things we here today!! I love being a Southerner!

  4. Cindy on the January 21, 2011 remarked #

    Thank you Greg and Rebecca. These stories bring back happy memories for me as well. They were simpler times for sure! :)

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