Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Squall Line 6 - Song of the South, Sweet Potato Pie & Shut My Mouth

This squall is dedicated to those of you from the South. I'll tell you straight up, I stole the idea for this post from the Seven Chicks.

Have you ever heard someone say, “Bless your heart”? Perhaps this was spoken by a well-meaning old lady with clucking tones and good intentions. I heard a comedian say this figure of speech has evolved into something that’s said when you’re struck speechless. Translated, it means, “You’re so stupid”. That’s delivered with a smile, by the way.

When you don’t know how to respond to a judgemental, insensitive or just plain annoying remark, in the South, we say “Bless your heart!”

Case in point: I was in a line with my mother (who is 30 years older than I am) and a man of indeterminate age (in other words- old) said, “You two look so much alike you must be sisters!” The best response I could come up with was “Well, bless your heart!” In other words, “Do you need glasses or do you want a sock in your mouth?”

I am inviting you to share your own version of a “Bless your heart” response.
I borrowed the examples below from the comments section of the Seven Chicks post on this subject last week.

“You think that just because I stay home with my kids that my husband must be rolling in the dough? Would you like to see our pay stubs?” Bless your heart!

“You think that just because I have a demanding career that I don't have my priorities right? Bless your heart!

This is for the ones at my office who are upset because you are asked to work all 8 hours at your job. Bless your hearts!

“I don't have children and you want to know why I have failed to produce at the ripe old age of 31." Well, it is really none of your business. Bless your heart!

"I don't know if I could adopt, because I’m not sure I could love it like my own."
Well let me assure you I love mine and he is my own and babies are not called IT. Bless your heart!!

“What do you think Jesus thinks of your tattoo?” WELL BLESS YOUR STINKIN HEART.

Okay, it’s your turn. Leave a bless your heart comment. You’ll feel better. ; )

And if you have a squall you want to link here for others to read, Mr Linky awaits. Please be sure to put the direct link of the post.


My ADHD Me said...

You stay home with your kids? Don't you get bored laying around with nothing to do all day?

Well Bless Your Heart!

My ADHD Me said...

P.S. Funny coincidence. Go see Chatty Kelly's post!

Greg C said...

Being from the South, I could do this all day long. You color your own hair? Well bless your heart.

Bless your heart is one of my aunt's favorite sayings. She is from Florida as I am. I am a third generation Floridian. Oh you weren't born in Florida? Well Bless your heart. haha

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I'm thinking, I'm thinking ... but in the meantime, I sent your "prize" yesterday, so be on the lookout. It's just a little something; don't get too excited.

Ok, here's one instance, I think, of what you're talking about: yesterday someone I know was emphasizing that the public should not make athletes role models because they slip up so much (Phelps). Then he said, "Just like Obama, everyone thinks he's The Great White Hope or something." Bless his heart. I thought I would die.

Barb said...

I say "bless your heart" or "bless his/her heart" all the time. I'm in Colorado, but I grew up in southeast Texas and I say it without even thinking about it. I have to admit, I usually say it to express sympathy.

Thank you for stopping by my place yesterday. I actually named my blog after my shih tzu Chelsea, but I'm a child of the 60's and I knew people would associate it with the song.

Love the name of your blog too.:-)

Thanks again for stopping by,

A Chelsea Morning

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

We have a Prayer Shawl ministry at our church and one of our pet phrases is "Bless your Heart!" It is almost a it of a running joke to see who can use it first during our meetings. We have adopted the adage that you can say just about anything about anyone as long as you follow it up with a "Bless your Heart!"


Edie said...

I can't think that fast! Oh the pressure...
... but hey, bless your heart for asking. :)

Haha! I enjoyed reading these, and in about 3 weeks I'll probably come up with something. LOL!

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