MFtS: Birthday Gift

Hey boys, how ’bout ya’ll makin’ yer Ma some wind chimes?” Ma spit her chaw into the spitoon and continued, “I ain’t never had no wind chimes and I been tryin’ to get ya’lls lazy asses to make me some fer years.”

“I know yer have Ma but that ain’t no good birthday gift for a fine Ma like you.”

“Well, hell, it’s damn sure better’n not getting one at all!” Moving the juice from the chaw around in her mouth, she spit it into the spitoon. “And ya’ll ain’t got me nothin’ in well over ten years!”

“Who you talkin’ to Ma? Got a frog in your pocket?”

“Stop it Junior! I ain’t joshin’ ya’ll. I want some damn wind chimes!”

“Okay Ma, we’ll make yer some wind chimes! Get yer panties unwadded and pass me them biscuits.”

“Oh for Gawd’s sake! Say, please!”

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Photo Credit: Β©Barbara Beacham

I hope ya’ll enjoyed my story and a big thank you to Barbara Beacham for hosting “Monday’s Finish the Story Challenge.” She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence to our stories, and approximately 150 words with which to write our stories. It is fun and addictive and open to all who wants to have fun. For more information, click on this link: MFtS

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62 thoughts on “MFtS: Birthday Gift

  1. Nicely done Joy! I love that you captured the dialect perfectly! Thanks for another excellent contribution to the MFtS challenge. Be well my friend… ^..^

  2. From an English person’s perspective, southern accents are the most recognisable. Also, to echo the words of others, great use of the dialect!

  3. Great dialect! I have a clear image of this woman sitting on her porch in a rocking chair, a bit like some of the people in “Justified” πŸ™‚

  4. Haha, now THAT is a cool Ma…matriarch for sure…reminds me of my grandmother except for the spitting of course but I do have a spittoon as a souvenir from those days.

  5. Ha! this is hysterical, PJ! I knew an old woman who chewed tobacco and spit all the time in a tin can. It was great reliving that memory through your story!

    • Haha! I was told that one of my grandmothers chewed tobacco (except I think it was called something else) for awhile before I was old enough to know what it was. I think for a while it was very accepted for women to chew tobacco. However, I only remember her smoking cigarettes. (and she didn’t inhale! lol, that’s true).

      • *laughs* back in the day, the tobacco only came in plugs, twists and loose for pipes.. and yes, many women did chew, especially a lot of “mountain folk” as they were called. That’s funny that your grandmother didn’t inhale πŸ˜€

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