9 comments on “Unpacking

  1. If that housekeeper thought that hearing “Dixie” would make GirlGriot and her friend feel at home, she obviously had a very limited knowledge of American history. Although it seems unbelievable that she wouldn’t know what the antebellum (and even postbellum) South was about, we probably need to realize that there’s plenty that WE don’t know about British history.

    • “…we probably need to realize that there’s plenty that WE don’t know about British history.” A big “Yep!” on that one. I’m sure we Americans have said, done something that made someone across the pond eyes roll in the back of their head. It all evens out.

  2. This is such a tough one. We can’t work on what we don’t know/don’t see. Those little treasures learned in childhood have a way of sneaking up on us throughout adulthood. But at least we’re open to making change. We don’t get called on bad behavior and then say something like: “Oh, that was a term we used when I was growing up. It had a different meaning then,” the way certain to-be-left-unnamed pols do when they let fly some old school ugly. Willingness to change is the all-important separator!

  3. Well, now I’m racking my brain as to if I heard the story or not, what it might be. I know I would have said something, provided I didn’t wait until the end of the story and then get sidetracked, which, er… happens. But know I’ve shared with you the story of the horrible thing I said once, as GirlGriot mentions above- a term I’d heard used as a kid before I knew what part of it meant. The same peculiar situation arose- someone playing Ding Dong Ditch (as I had to look up other names for what that was called), and there it was, promptly horrifying me and everyone else. I own that it happened to the point where I bring it up when I needn’t- as a cautionary tale, most of all to myself. I just note that no matter how the button was wired when it was installed, it can be reversed, rerouted, rewired. Spirit willing. Which in both of our cases, it is. (:

    • Oddly enough, I’m not sure I told you the story. That’s a vortex conversation. I’m pretty sure you would have censured me appropriately and quickly.

      “…no matter how the button was wired when it was installed, it can be reversed, rerouted, rewired.” Yes.

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