I made a trip to the South Carolina coast today for the funeral of a dear friend’s father. She’s the kind of person who makes my life better just by being in it, in a thousand beautiful ways, so it was important to me that I be there. What made the long journey even more meaningful was the fact that I went alone–no Tim, no Little Bit–and the route I took from Lexington to Pawley’s Island wound my car and me along gorgeous, unfamiliar backroads and tiny crossroads like Lynchburg, Brown’s Ferry, Indiantown.
I loved passing through on this hot, sunny, South Carolina summer day.
On my way home, at the “insistence” of my thoughtful friend, I made a quick whip through The Hammock Shops of Pawleys Island. “You’ve got to stop in,” she said. “You’ve driven all this way.”
And so I did.
I happened upon a fun summer dress at a boutique there. (Yay!) When I stepped to the register to pay, I overheard one of the two cute young women working there (summer jobs from college? OMG that brings back memories) make a joking comment about being confused because her “rotators” were not functioning properly.
“Excuse me,” I said. “Did you just say you have wheels in your head and you call them rotators?”
“Yes, she did!” said the other girl, laughing. And this brought about a most delightful conversation about the interesting expressions this young woman regularly throws about.
“It wouldn’t be noticed on a trottin’ horse.”
“‘Bout like a Murphy’s Baby Carriage–you just gotta keep pushing it.”
“Good as snuff and not half as dusty.”
She learned them from her grandmother, I believe she said, a woman from Eastern North Carolina. How I love the fact this cute little coed is keeping that heritage alive by embracing–and actually using–such colorful language.
It was a beautiful day, all in all, filled with love, discovery, and surprise. It was also a wonderful reminder that it can be so much fun to simply get in a car and drive.
30 Days Of Fun III
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