Fixing to …….

Fixing to …….


“Fixing to ……..” is a southern expression. We  here in the south love to use the expression  ” I am fixing to do something or the other.  It Is a universal phrase in the southern parts of the United States. “I am fixing to do it”.  Let me give you an example of my childhood

One night my parents had to go somewhere. Before she left, mother  said: I want this kitchen sparkling  clean when I get back. Of course the kitchen didn’t get sparkling Clean. In fact it didn’t get clan at all. When she returned she wanted to know why the Kitchen didn’t get clean. In an innocent childlike voice,  I declared I was fixing to clean the Kitchen but it was not my time. Mom Wanted to Know whose time was it? I said:  According to the calendar it was my brother’s time . Mother turned to my brother and asked: Is it your time? My brother told our Mom: He was fixing to clean the Kitchen but he looked at the calendar and discovered it was not his time.  My Mom, an intolerant Woman, said: Bennette, clean  the Kitchen And make it sparkle. I tried to reason with my Mom but she wasn’t a very reasonable woman. I ended up  cleaning the kitchen. In spite of the fact “I was fixing to all the while”.

I almost forgot the expression.  I have  been in many places since my childhood. One day I was walking with a friend who had moved hère from New York. Each weekday morning, we walked at the walking grounds  of Jefferson State College here in Birmingham, Alabama. My friend had a call from her Family. They told her only after eight months she had Picked  up too  many southern expressions . If they called and she said she was “fixing to do anything” them would come and get her.  Surprisingly enough, the rest of the country hates the expression “I am fixing to”

I Knew “I am fixing to…….”  was a southern  expression but I didn’t  realize other parts of the country hated it. That was  extremely shocking to me.  Something you don’t really want to do so  you say “I Am fixing to do it” The follow up question should be “when”.

I am fixing to end this discussion. Is that okay If I Am fixing to close?






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