DAD.info
Free online course for separated parents
Forum - Ask questions. Get answers.
Free online course for separated parents

Southern Man

My wife regularly amazes me. She’s a pretty fantastic kind of person. For the past 10 days we have been in America visiting her family. Every time I come here I am astounded that she came from a place like this. It’s a one stop-light kind of town, deep in the gun-slingin’, tobacco-chewing, truck-driving, good ol’ boy South of the USA.

 I neither sling a gun nor chew tobacco. I drive a Vauxhall Meriva, and though I consider myself a good guy, that is not enough to qualify as a ‘good ol’ boy’. It’s fair to say that I stick out like a sore thumb. Should I manage to engage a local in conversation (which is not hard to do) it’s only so long before I can see them zone out of what I’m saying to ask ‘Where are y’all from?’

Adlai has more claim to being a local than I do and he seems to have adopted the Southern way in a fashion I’ve as yet not been able to. He seems to blend in… in a good way. He’s not bought a gun yet and he doesn’t chew tobacco but he has (and always has had) an impressive admiration for trucks.

He also seems to speak the ‘good ol’ boy language and is not having many difficulties making himself understood. While he pronounces “car

Related entries

Running to Beat the Chickens

Running to Beat the Chickens

On mile 23 of the London Marathon I was overtaken by a giant chicken. Let's just say, it was a low point… Looking back on my London Marathon ‘success’ I can only assume it was someone dressed up in a costume or perhaps some kind of hallucination. The lactic acid build...

Running to Beat the Chickens

Bonfire Night

As we stood admiring a burning effigy of Guy Fawkes I thought it would be funny to ask my six-year-old son what Bonfire Night was all about… I assumed I’d get some random answers to what is a bizarre celebration. Unfortunately, the primary education system has...

Latest entries

One on one time with children- the benefits

One on one time with children- the benefits

When it comes to building a deeper bond, you can't beat one on one time with children. There are a number of great benefits not only for your relationship but also for your child's wellbeing and confidence. What is one on one time? One on one time is time devoted to...

Parents call for smartphones ban for under 16s

Parents call for smartphones ban for under 16s

MPs are being pushed to consider a smartphones ban under 16s following a number of tragic deaths. The mother of murdered teenager Brianna Ghey, who was killed by two 15 year olds, has asked for both Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer to consider measures to stop children...

How to help children with anxiety

How to help children with anxiety

It can be tricky to know how to help children with anxiety problems- as parents it's difficult to know what to say or do for the best. However, there are a number of tools that you can guide your child to use to fell better, and draw upon to regulate their emotions...

Pin It on Pinterest