meet dewey

Dewey was peculiar.

He was short. Not at all thin. A no-heller of the Baptist variety who wore a small face on a big head.

Fond of drinking songs and scripture, he carried a poke of tobacco in his left pocket, and an Oldtimer in his right – just in case he needed to stab something.

He handed out wisdom and insight like chicken wings at a southern reunion.

“Children,” he once addressed my brother and me, “just remember two things when you move back on that mountain. Grizzly bears kill. And polecat stink will stick to you for a month.”

Dewey was nine …. and our cousin.

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  • carmen
    Jun 29, 2006 at 14:19

    HA! he was right about the polecat. 🙂

  • Louise
    Jun 29, 2006 at 16:06

    I love your blog. LOVE IT!!!

  • Binky
    Jun 29, 2006 at 16:46

    Your writing is incredible. The unique phrasing brings everyday visuals into sharp focus–as if I’ve seen the same exact thing, but never really noticed.

  • InterstellarLass
    Jun 29, 2006 at 18:19

    And he needed a good whoopin’ if he was chewin’ tobacco!

  • Buffy
    Jun 29, 2006 at 18:42

    Interstellar, you will be happy to know he didn’t chew it. He just carried it around for effect. 🙂

    Louise and Blinky..thank you. This is just what I needed today.

    Carmen, unfortunately…yup.

  • jane
    Jun 29, 2006 at 19:32

    I have to agree with Louise, I love your blog too!

  • viamarie
    Jun 29, 2006 at 22:19

    Love your post. Thanks for dropping by.

    Cheers to a new day!

  • kenju
    Jun 29, 2006 at 23:50

    Your writing is wonderful!

  • Popeye
    Jun 30, 2006 at 2:43

    I think I could live here.

  • David
    Jun 30, 2006 at 2:55

    Nine years old?! Well, at least it totally makes me feel better knowing there are some people out there who indulge in illegal substances at an earlier age than me…too bad it’s all fiction!

  • Nathan Miller
    Jun 30, 2006 at 9:14

    what is a southern reunion?

    love your blog

  • Buffy
    Jun 30, 2006 at 9:47

    Nathan…by ‘southern reunions’ I mean family reunions in the South. Lots of comfort food. Deep fried. The ubiquitous chicken platters. Everyone….and I do mean everyone…brings fried chicken.

  • Ryane
    Jun 30, 2006 at 12:02

    Buffy, your writing is wonderful. How did you find yourself living in England permanently? What a fabulous city….

  • oob
    Jun 30, 2006 at 12:54

    “A no-heller of the Baptist variety who wore a small face on a big head.”

    Great line. And pass the chicken wings.

  • Shellz
    Jun 30, 2006 at 14:42

    “…wore a small face on a big head….” That is brilliant!!

  • Dawn (webmiztris)
    Jun 30, 2006 at 15:30

    lol – I bet Dewey was from West Virginie, huh… 😉

  • Buffy
    Jun 30, 2006 at 15:50

    Dawn, something told me that you’d like Dewey. 🙂

  • Lynn
    Jun 30, 2006 at 16:36

    You need to read Truman Capote’s CHILDREN ON THEIR BIRTHDAYS. It’s one of my favorite short stories and I couldn’t help but think of Miss Bobbit when you wrote about Dewey–perhaps they are soul mates. Have a great weekend.

  • mamakraft
    Jul 2, 2006 at 0:55

    Dewey sounds like a pretty astute guy! Maybe a little unconventional, but astute none the less. I hope you listened!

  • zingtrial
    Jul 2, 2006 at 10:42

    nice posting
    wish you all the best

  • LisaBinDaCity
    Jul 2, 2006 at 23:45

    I never heard it called a “poke” of tobacco, just a “chew.”

    Interesting yes? Well to me anyway 😉

  • Shesawriter
    Jul 3, 2006 at 0:04

    This was great. A very nice read. 🙂

  • Amy K
    Jul 3, 2006 at 1:50

    The chicken analogy is brilliant, Buffy, as per usual!

  • Horizon
    Jul 3, 2006 at 12:25

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a message Buffy. Love your writing, phrasing and wit. Will definately be back.

  • Jennifer
    Jul 3, 2006 at 13:25

    9 years old? Your cousin? Didn’t see that coming. I echo the sentiment of many of the other posts – really enjoy your writing.

  • Buffy
    Jul 3, 2006 at 13:39

    Jennifer…just wanted to point out…this is filed under fiction. I have no cousin Dewey….but Iknew people who had similar ones. 🙂

  • Tammy
    Jul 3, 2006 at 13:40

    Oh my goodness…I believe I know Dewey or someone just like him at least!!!
    😀 Thanks for visiting my blog…come on back any time…we can swap no-heller of the Baptist variety stories…lmbo!!

  • PEA
    Jul 3, 2006 at 14:00

    Hi Buffy:-) Thank you so much for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment…I hope it won’t be your last visit!! Of course I just had to come check out yours and I’ve been reading quite a few of your posts…brilliant!! I’ll be back:-)

  • Jennifer
    Jul 3, 2006 at 14:19

    Ah, fiction…I’m just now getting caught up.

  • Serena
    Jul 3, 2006 at 14:24

    Love the idea of a 9 year-old saying this.

  • gary
    Jul 3, 2006 at 14:30

    Your blog is different. I don’t think I’ve been to any that feel like yours, and I have been to a ton of blogs. I like what you are doing. I think it works partly because you keep your posts fairly short. Keep up the good work.

    By the way, thanks so coming by my blog and commenting.

  • Percival
    Jul 3, 2006 at 15:27

    I think I know him. Was he not descended from the Dewey of the famed “decimal system?”

  • Katherine
    Jul 3, 2006 at 15:51

    I love that line about the chicken wings!! Awesome

  • Sue
    Jul 3, 2006 at 19:05

    Hi Buffy,
    Thanks for visiting me. I’m glad I stopped in for a visit here. I have very southern roots, so I understand the “fried chicken” concept…

  • Mike Ashley
    Jul 4, 2006 at 2:10

    I haven’t heard it called a “poke” of tobacco in years and years. Wonderful post.

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  • hattigrace
    Jul 4, 2006 at 6:18

    Love those “old souls”. . . they always take me by surprise.

  • Elizabeth
    Jul 4, 2006 at 16:02

    Reading this, I can picture you and your brother, your eyes as big as dinner plates, in awe over the wisdom and worldliness of Dewey.

    GREAT storytelling!!

  • arttealife
    Jul 5, 2006 at 22:20

    I enjoyed reading about Dewey !

    YOu write so well and your site is fun.

    HOpe you are feeling better and the blood vessels are clearing up. That must have freaked you out a little bit ! ?

    Love, S