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Let’s Make Em’
I thought of the old “why don’t they learn English when the following happened. How does the old quote go, “Oh, to see ourselves as others see us?”
On a recent stop at a hotel in Tennessee, we were chatting with the desk clerk. She asked where we were from, and when we told her Kentucky, she said, “I wouldn’t have guessed that.”
“Why,” I asked?
“You don’t talk like I would have expected.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, you don’t sound as ‘country’ as I would expect.”
I asked where she was from.
She went on to relate a conversation with a fellow worker, a Tennessee native, about a third employee whose work was unsatisfactory.
She - ”What do you think we should do about him?”
Tennessean – “I ain’t taking him to raise!”
She - “Why would you even think about giving him a raise?”
Tennessean – “That ain’t what I mean.”
She – “What do you mean?”
Tennessean – He ain’t doing the job and you oughta fire him!”
She – “Oh!”
Now, the average Kentuckian or Tennessean would have known immediately what the man meant, but not the recent Pennsylvania transplant. It takes awhile to learn the nuances of any language.
Nearer home, we stopped in Richmond, Ky. to shop at a department store there. Unsure of its location, we asked a lady in the parking lot for directions.
She thought a minute and smiling, said, “it’s a ‘ways’ down the road on the left.”
That got me to thinking about our new friend from Pennsylvania. Would she understand that ‘a ways’ is probably less than ‘a good bit and a ‘far piece’?’ Would she know that it’s less than a ‘good distance’ and that a ‘good distance’ is less than either ‘way beyond’ or ‘way over yonder? Anyway, the lady in the parking lot did mention that we would pass a couple of car dealerships and then it would just be a ‘short hop,’ and it was! After a ‘short haul’ up the road, we were home.
Which brings me to my point in a way. Wherever you’re from your language is probably a little strange to folks from a different place. But don’t knock their language. Larn it!
Two wrongs don’t make a right
For as long as I have lived and for the rest of my life two wrongs do not make a right. First wrong, Larry Lawrence was not allowed to submit the evidence he needed to prove his case. His evidence was turned down and not allowed. Second wrong, he was not allowed to submit his evidence to prove the whistle blower was not creditable. These two wrongs certainly do not make the verdict he received from the jury right. How would you like to get thrown under the bus from someone who did not uphold honestly in their position? This injustice is causing Lawrence’s life, his children, his aged father and his employees to be impacted harshly. I clean Lawrence’s house and law office. I have been affected with no office to clean.
The home I clean is filled with family every Sunday with Lawrence always cooking a seven course meal or so. I know because every Monday I clean up from the Sunday gathering. There has never been a Monday that Lawrence has not come home that he does not start cooking right away. As soon as he comes through the door, when his two girls were in school he would call me to let me know what to fix them until he arrived home from work. Caring, loving and so thoughtful is the man I have seen taking care of his family for almost a year that I have cleaned his home. I cannot imagine what will happen to this family on Sundays if he goes away to prison. I cannot imagine the impact on his dad. I visited him while Larry and his children went to Texas. He is so dependent on Larry. Story after story was all about Larry.
As I always said about my own dad, I know he was not always an angel but there comes a time when what is happening now is what is to be taken into consideration. Not what someone did to someone five, 10 or 20 years ago. If you are not a fan of him personally, think about all these people that are going to be affected and put other things aside. Stripping him of his livelihood to practice law is cruelty enough. He is not a threat to society. I was at the closing arguments and when it was over Larry walked over to the prosecutors and extended his hand congratulating them on their win. I had to leave when I saw that. I am no a fan of the judicial part of the government.
I had a trial once where the jury was sent home for the judge to rule on the case “direct verdict.” Talk about getting thrown under the bus, I guess things have not changed.
Mary Ann Doph