that’s my opinion–OUGHRTER BE YORS.

July 29, 2008 at 10:24 am 8 comments

A famous disc jockey on a Nashville country hits station does a comic segment in which he impersonates a redneck character who stops by regularly and does hick-soundin’ editorial commentaries. I used to laugh myself silly listening to that bit. And, he always ended his editorial soliloquies with the phrase, “That’s my opinion—oughrter be yors.”   

And, is that not EXACTLY how we all feel about our opinions? Oh, you know it is! Deep down we all feel:  “This is the way it is, and if you have any sense at all, you’ll agree with me.”

But the thing is, we ALLLLLL feel that way about our opinions. Every single one of us!  And some of us really enjoy expressing them! And, it feels sooo good when somebody validates your thoughts.  On the other hand, it feels NOT SO GOOD to hear a suggestion that implies someone thinks our opinion may be, in the words of Arthur Fonzerelli,    Wrrrr…wrrrrr…wrronnn…wrrrrong.” 

Now y’all…I am okay with the notion that you and I may disagree on a topic. Really!  I am!  That’s fine. So long as you do not try to exert your way over my way, that is. Please do not try to tell me how to do everything! That drives me NUTS! I pretty much hate that, in fact!  

I am NOT a control freak. And I don’t want anyone else to be one either! It makes everything in me want to YELL, “I am fully capable! I do not need you to think for me! My way will work great! It does not have to be JUST LIKE YOU WOULD HAVE DONE IT for it to be a viable option! There is more than one way to do things! Your way MAY NOT always the best way! If you don’t like things done MY WAY, then you could try DOING SOME THINGS YOURSELF instead of just sitting back and telling me how I’m doing things so wrong! I mean, here…lemme just shoot straight with you.  I don’t care how you think I could do that better!  If I am looking for opinions or different ways of doing things then I will do a survey!  And I’ll be sure to consult you on said survey!

Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Okay, I need anuther cuppa coffee! (Though I guess I probably sound like I need some chamomile tea instead!)

Take for instance…folding towels: I like to tri-fold my bath towels.  No, this is NOT how my mother taught me to fold towels. And NO I did not adopt a new way of folding towels just to keep from doing it like Mama said.  I’m not THAT hard-headed.  (Go with me here.)  This is, in fact, a towel folding method which I adopted from my friend, Terry’s first cousin-once-removed, LaRue.  And, I really, really like folding my towels this way.

But Terry has determined that he does not want the towels folded that way. He wants them folded long end to long end. Then short side to short side. Then long end to long end.  It is much more efficient, he insists. Why, we can get more towels in the cabinet that way! And, to that I say, SOOOOOOOOOOOOO what! All our towels are NEVER all in the cabinet at the same time! Good grannies, you’re lucky to get a towel at all. (Ain’t that right Butch?) One time Butch and LaRue came to visit from Arkansas, and I didn’t have a clean towel in the house when they arrived. But, who knew they were gonna walk in and Butch would want a shower within fifteen minutes of walking in the front door? I think I offered him a dish towel or a roll of paper towels to dry off with. Well! It was either that or a coffee filter. Hey LaRue–wasn’t that the same time Butch forgot to put the shower curtain on the inside of the tub while showering upstairs…and so shower water “rained” down through the kitchen floor below? I can still hear you running up those stairs hollering, “Buuuutch! Buuutchhhhh!” 

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh that little log house outside Nashville!  Ohhhhhhhhhh meeeeeeeeeeeeee!  Thinking of that house just makes me think of another TV land quote:   Milton, I need my tranquilizers!” (Margaret Drysdale)

Back to doing things MY way and NOT YOUR WAY…If you don’t like how I do something, then how ‘bout YOU DO IT instead? See something you’d like done differently? Well, git after it! But, don’t git after meeeeeeeeeeeee!

Ohhh! And how I fold t-shirts! That’s another one!  Wait a minute!  Does anyone besides me notice that the common denominator between folding towels and folding t-shirts? Let’s review. Well, that common denominator would have to be “how I-I-I-I-I-I fold towels and “how I-I-I-I-I-I fold t-shirts”.

How exactly does Terry fold these things? No one really knows! We only know how he thinks they should be folded because he likes to vocalize those thoughts to me on a regular basis!  But as for actually having seen an actual towel or t-shirt folded by him in real life….uh, no. There are no documented cases of such action.

I would just like to conclude this post by saying that Terry got up and made me coffee this morning before I went to work!

Thanks honey! = ) You’re a pookie!

Entry filed under: ranting and raving.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aprille  |  July 31, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Hey Tracey You’ve got an award! Come visit my blog to get the info!
    Love you!
    April :0)


  • 2. Aprille  |  July 29, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    So glad to know these things don’t just happen at our house. What a relief! LOL! Hang in there girlfriend, and hold onto those opinions for all you’re worth!

    Love ya!
    April :0)


  • 3. tracey  |  July 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I hear what you’re sangin’ over there, PC! And that’s got to the be the blues you’re croonin’!


  • 4. pcase  |  July 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    And I can hear that honkin’ choir sangin’ all the way to Music City! Dang, this post was insane.
    I sure miss those Terry/Joe days in Nashville. Lord, those two men wore me out. I guess God knew what He was doing when he put Terry in one part of the state and Joe in another. He knew you and I couldn’t take ’em together much longer!!! But OHHHHHHH! How I miss the Terry stories … and we SURE know we’ve got some Joe stories that are equally as amusing … or tragic, as the case may be. No pun intended (on the “case” thing).
    Love ya!


  • 5. tracey  |  July 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhh honey. You are preachin’ to the choir!


  • 6. jeterfam6  |  July 29, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    See the problem here is I like to pretend that I don’t mind these type lessons BUT resentment builds up and I explode about ridiculous petty things and I’m sure it is so confusing for my poor man. I’m doing better and trying to be more honest with myself and with him.


  • 7. tracey  |  July 29, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Yep, yep, yep! I love my bossy-britches husband, too! But, I still prefer my way for folding towels! Ha!


  • 8. jeterfam6  |  July 29, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Oh my Terry/Andy and Andy/Terry. I LOVE my slightly bossy, leader, perfectionist husband. I LOVE God for giving me a man to always push me harder when I just “don’t want to” anymore. Thank you, Andy and thank you Lord. Let’s see……I could make a list of all the “little” things that become “big” things and how I should do them to be more efficient. I fondly remember towel and tee-shirt lessons from our first year of marriage. We will be married 11years this Saturday and I love him more everyday!


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