Things I bet you never knewby
- and then some
continuous research turns up some odd and interesting tidbits of wisdom, recollections
or plain old nonsense. Here are a few.
How long has it been since you "dabbed a minor wound with Monkey Blood?"
was once the favored nickname for a medicine called Mercurochrome. Its distinctive
red color stopped many a childhood tear without a burn or sting and brought sympathy
and hugs to the wounded.
on the area where you lived, the term "grass widow" had different definitions.
In some areas, the term meant a discarded mistress. In other areas, it
meant a woman alone because of divorce, rejection or separation from a husband
who was alive and "still above the grass."
you are afraid of witches, merely hang a horseshoe above your home entrance. It
seems witches are afraid of horses. That's why they ride broomsticks. Heck, makes
sense to me.
I read about a man who believed in evil spirits and carried an automotive spark
plug around in his back pocket, saying it charged the evil spirits right back
to where they came from. Don't laugh. He lived to a ripe old age and was never
harmed by evil spirits.
If you have ever been active in your community and its affairs, you will appreciate
this quote: "A committee is a group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit to
do the unnecessary."
word "devout" is explained by the dictionary as "living without sin." An old cowboy
friend explains devout as, "A 75-year-old, single, church deacon living in the
middle of dry county where the only bootlegger is in jail."
I once had a relative whose only purpose in life seemed to be vacating one spot
and moving to another. Moving was not as much a journey as an occupation.
quotes: Louis Armstrong, the great horn man, once said, "All music is folk music.
I've never heard a horse sing a song." Hank Williams, the great songwriter and
entertainer, once said, "You got to smell a lot of mule manure before you can
sing like a hillbilly."
quotes: "This writer has never been known to use a word that might send a reader
to the dictionary," (William Faulkner, referring to literary rival Ernest Hemingway).
Sounds like the "It's All Trew" column.
Marx once said, "I had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it." Mae
West once described a person as, "His mother should have thrown him out and kept
Oscar Wilde once stated, "Some cause happiness wherever they
go, others when they go."
John Bright described a man as, "He is a self-made
man and worships his creator." My mother once described a neighbor lady as, "Her
thoughts are more scattered than buttons in a button jar."
Dr. Joe B.
Frantz once described a man as, "His conversation was a delightful meandering
over a verbal range that knew no fences."
I would love to meet such a
C.C. White, a well-known black preacher of early East
Texas history, once said, "You can't scrape a poor hog."
If you can
remember the "hog butchering days of old" you will remember this quote: "A man
who is fundamentally a rebel against anything entrenched and established might
be a little hardheaded."
© Delbert Trew
All Trew" December
29, 2009 Column