I’m A Rube And Proud Of It. I’m from Appalachia, I grew up in a small community up a holler called Quick’s Run Road.
It was at a time when everyone treated each other like Family. Always was outside playing and always got dirty and sometimes I had to take a bath, but not always.
I bought chips & candy and pop or “Coke” to all my southern friends from the store. Played Red Light, Green Light, Kick the Can, Simon Says, Hide and Seek, Dodge Ball, Red Rover, Baseball, Softball, Football and a weird version of Wiffle ball – played with a real lemon juice container.
We could ride our bikes to the store, or the park, and stay all day, I even walked to Vanceburg by myself one time, that was a little over 10 miles. I ate beans & hot dogs, mac, and cheese & peanut butter sandwiches. I walked or rode my bike everywhere and never worried about safety. We never thought to lock our windows or doors at night. The front door of the house that I grew up in didn’t even have a doorknob, couldn’t lock it if we wanted to. I had some chores to do around the house, mostly on the farm though. We didn’t have a kitchen table to gather as a family, but we sat around the living room and ate as a family.
I was not AFRAID OF ANYTHING, ‘except my parents. If you fell down you would just get back up dust yourself off and try it again. We always challenged each other… remember playing King of the hill? If someone had a fight, that’s what it was…a fight. No one went around shooting up schools. We had one or two bomb threats in the 12 years I went to school. Kids weren’t afraid of fake guns when I grew up. Real guns were a part of life and we respected them and most of us knew how to shoot, safely as a kid. We respected our parents, our teachers, and the American flag.
I’m A Rube And Proud Of It
We stood with our hands over our hearts and recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school. I left my house as soon as I could in the morning or right after school. When our neighbors would yell out for their children to get in the house for the night I went home. If one kid was called for dinner then we all knew to go home.
I didn’t back talk or disrespect any elders because I knew If I DID DISRESPECT any adult there would be a price to pay. That price would be a belt to my behind and it only took one time to know not to do it again. I had manners and respect otherwise my friend’s parents would put me in my place. I would not trade anything about my childhood. We didn’t have much but we had enough and we had love and all that made us the adults we are today.