Saturday, July 9, 2011

Southern connection

What is it about the way people speak?  I know when I listen to someone with a British accent lead worship, or preach a sermon, it all sounds so much more... well... intelligent and... well... knowing.  That is...  unless it reminds me of a Monty Python sketch, or it is someone from the British Society which rescues toads from the motorways.

Today the Southern drawl of the man and his daughter outside the grocery store inspired warmth and connection, maybe in part because it was so unexpected.  Up North we are rarely Thank you, ma*am-ed.

On the way out of the grocery store
People with a Southern drawl
Collected money
To end Alzheimers.
We gave and were thanked
With a kindly appreciate it, Ma*am,
And a
Thank you, Miss.
When we got to the car,
We felt warm all over.
It wasn*t just the summer sun
And heat.
It wasn*t even that we felt
A dollar closer
To ending Alzheimers.
It was the
Thank you kindly
The smile and look
In the eye.
The Southern connection.

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