Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

You should understand now… Cousin Toni has a nice home, is also a good cook and is second to none when it comes to entertaining. She is a sweet lady, but she is also on the list of relatives you call when all hell breaks loose. In other words, she’ll do a little more than “pray for you.”

People make the mistake of thinking proper Southern women are all standing there waiting for you to throw your coat in the mud puddle for them to walk on.

They are not.

Cousin Toni would simply say “Bless your heart” if you decided to throw your coat in a mud puddle. Again meaning, “You are so stupid, I feel sorry for you.”

She’s sweet when she needs to be, but she will not back down from a fight.

She is my cousin; this makes good sense to me.

Her Daddy was my Uncle Harold. Uncle Harold was a doggone good man. He and my Daddy raced cars and were more than brothers-in-law – they were good friends. “You can depend on Harold,” my Daddy would always say. There was no greater compliment that my Daddy could give a person.

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