A Family Conversation: THREE Cousins Discuss Family Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first “A Family Conversation” audio post of 2021.

This post is extra special because one of our other cousins is joining our conversation.

It took some doing to get her to join us so we were very happy that she agreed to round out the chat!

Now… join us as we use my post, Your New Year’s “To Do” List, to talk about:

  • How Ron jinxed Creek 
  • Some very superstitious people
  • Messin’ with folks’ luck
  • Every Southern Mom
  • How “doing” is just as important as “not doing”
  • Dragging trees
  • General sorry-ness
  • How “old” is NOT really “old”
  • Technicalities and clarifications on dirty clothes
  • Our major loss, “The Bon Vivant.”
  • Roy Clark
  • Pepto Bismol and where we got the gift of storytelling

Rest in Peace Uncle Leroy!

9 thoughts on “A Family Conversation: THREE Cousins Discuss Family Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions

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  2. Thanks for inviting me into your conversation, if I hadn’t just had my ‘tea’ (the British tradition of stopping between 4pm and 5pm for tea and biscuits or cake) I would have made a fresh ‘cuppa’ as it sounded like just the right thing to do.
    Yeah, when to bring the decorations down as per Catholic ‘timing’. I always ask Sheila which day we should bring them down.
    Will be catching up on the other conversations soon Gwin.
    You guys take care.
    Sheila and Roger

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    1. Hi there Roger! How are you and the Mrs? I’m always so happy to see you here.
      My daughter and I got a new tea set for Christmas. We are thinking about incorporating “tea time.”
      Are most folks in your neck of the woods very formal about it? Or, do you guys just keep it simple. What’s your fanorite tea? What’s your favorite biscuit or cake?
      Funny story, the other day, I was buying some items for my daughter’s birthday, I stopped at the international section and looked at English candy bars. Just as I was making a blind selection (since I had never had any of them) a lady walks up and says, “That’s a really good one, and I should know, I’m from England!” What a coincidence! This little British lady walks up to me in a Georgia grocery story at the very moment that I’m looking at English candy! I loved it and my daughter was so tickled by that! Have a great day Roger!

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      1. Hi Gwin.
        That’s an amazing tale. Which one did she suggest?
        We stock up on a good old British basic tea called ‘Tetley’, not a flavoured one but strong and basic. And either lemon cake or any one of the pile of biscuits we keep ready.
        Most British folk aren’t formal at all, it’s either:
        ‘Let’s have a cuppa’ (cup of tea)
        or when you get into northern England like where our daughter Clare lives it’s ‘Let’s have a brew’ or ‘Let’s put kettle on,’
        Just for laughs, here’s the sort of way we treat our tea.
        (This is a Yorkshire accent, so I’ve put the lyrics for you as well)
        Kate Rusby is a girl from Yorkshire and this is a cheerful song celebrating tea

        Young Jamie Clarke was in Cannon Hall Park
        Messing about with a laugh and a lark
        When all down the valley the rain forced the flood
        Young Jamie was a goner neck deep in the mud
        But here’s Bill, Bill with a rescuing plan
        And it’s Bill, Bill and he saved the young man
        Big Brave Bill, from Barnsley he came
        Big Brave Bill, from the mine
        Big Brave Bill, we’ll remember his name
        The hero who drinks Yorkshire Tea all the time
        Thomas B Grindle worked in Carlton Main
        Proud as can be of his part in the chain
        But oh woe betide on this terrible day
        When a prop in the shaft underground it gave way
        But here’s Bill, Bill with his hero strength eyes
        And he’s burned deep and now Tom sees blue skies
        Big Brave Bill, from Barnsley he came
        Big Brave Bill, from the mine
        Big Brave Bill, we’ll remember his name
        The hero who drinks Yorkshire Tea all the time
        Old Mrs Dobbins from down the Dearneside
        Went to Majorca to take the seaside
        Was served a cup of warm water, tea bag on the side
        UHT milk, oh she broke down and cried
        But here’s Bill, Bill he’s with kettle and proud
        We love Bill, Bill came the cheers from the crowd
        Big Brave Bill, from Barnsley he came
        Big Brave Bill, from the mine
        Big Brave Bill, we’ll remember his name
        The hero who drinks Yorkshire Tea all the time
        Big Brave Bill, from Barnsley he came
        Big Brave Bill, from the mine
        Big Brave Bill, we’ll remember his name
        The hero who drinks Yorkshire Tea all the time
        The hero who thinks Yorkshire
        The hero who loves Yorkshire
        The hero who drinks Yorkshire Tea all the time

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        1. Good Saturday Roger! It was an Aero chocolate bar, the kind lady recommended it because she said that it was lighter than the other bar that I was looking at. All in all, we liked it!
          But I do think that I’d like to try some of the others. I don’t like coconuts so that one is out.
          Anyway, when you said “Tetley” I just about rolled over because that’s what my mother taught us to use for our “sweet tea”. Of course, here in the Southern U.S. we drink it cold; on ice—often with a wedge of lemon. If you add lemonade to iced tea, that’s called an “Arnold Palmer” after the famous Master’s golfer
          Also, here if you say “cuppa”; especially in the Northeastern part of the U.S., they will assume that you are talking about having a cup of coffee.
          I absolutely love talking about cultural similarities and differences!
          Thanks for adding the song. You know how much I love anything to do with lyrics and music. It was a real pleasure chatting Roger, send my best to Mrs. Sheila! Enjoy the weekend.

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        2. Oh wow Aero! One of the UK classics….now I’m going to have to ask Sheila if I can buy a bar (Sheila watches my chocolate, she’ll tell me off if I don’t buy a bar for the week, but also makes sure I stay within a limit)
          The other one sounds like ‘Bounty’, which is a lot of shredded coconut wrapped up in chocolate..
          ‘Tetley’ would you believe it? Travelled over ‘the pond’ .
          Talking about iced lemon tea. Here’s a tale my late father told me from his WWII experiences. He was a despatch rider which meant riding all over the place on motor bikes with documents and sometimes into US armed forces area.
          So one day, he stops off at an American base, goes into the PX and being British asks if they’ve got tea; he gets directed over to a large Urn in a corner, pours himself out a mug full and takes a mouthful expecting hot bitter tea and finds he’s taken a swig of iced lemon, which being British he spurts out in surprise, the guys in the PX ‘complained’ to him, politest comment being ‘Hey man,’
          We can drink lemon tea, but we have to be ready for it y’see.
          My daughter Meg went to New York three years ago and said she had no end of trouble trying to find a place that served tea.
          Now when it comes to coffee a substantial number of Brits will insist on milk in the mix.
          I like the mix up with ‘fries’ we’d see those as ‘thin chips’. In fact in British Supermarkets chips (like at least 1/2 inch thick) and ‘fries’ are marketed quite differently, is that so in the US? As I recall there have been some efforts to open ‘chip’ shops in the US?
          Glad to you liked the song Gwin, when I come across others like that I’ll send them over.
          Best wishes to you and yours too.
          All the best

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        3. That is a hilarious story!
          This response, with that wonderful story, is the reason that I could never just throw this blog away, folks like you always deliver such jewels here that should be kept for posterity!

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