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Little Turtle

Little turtle came home sad from school one day because he got in a big  fight.  After lunch, their teacher always took them for a walk around the playground. Often, the girls would get together and talk  as they walk.  The boys would race one another.  They had a physical education teacher, but their home room teacher took them to lunch and directly after lunch they had Math. His teacher always said the swift walk was good for their brain. He had to agree, the swift walk did make Math fun. Little turtle was always happy and this made his mother notice him more when he was sad.

Most of his classmates had green backs,  but one little turtle had a blue back. None of the other turtles would choose little blue back turtle to be on their team unless the teacher insisted they choose little blue back. Some were brown and green. Some were all brown.  Some were green and white, some were white and brown and some were all green,  but none were blue with the exception of one.

The teacher chose little green turtle to be the team’s captain. As captain,  you get to choose whoever you want on your team. Turtles are slow but little blue was extremely slower than most. Little blue would round the bases by the time P.E. was over.

Everyone on Little Green Turtle’s team wanted to fight him because he choose little Blue to be on his team. Little Green was a fighter so he whipped them all. All of little Green Turtle’s teammates went home crying to their mothers. Little Green Turtle cried too because he lost all of his friends. He knew little Blue was slow but he choose him in spite of his difference. We are all flowers in the garden. None of us are exactly alike. Even identical twins have different finger prints.

Little green back turtle’s mother asked little green back did little Blue seem infuriated by the fact that others left him out. Not at all times it is important that you feel it’s your duty to make others agree with you. Being silent is not always prudent nor is it always wise not to speak.  There are times things work themselves out on their own.

Most of us are like little green. We see an injustice and we want to correct it right then and there. Then, there are others who never take a stand.

The next day, all the boys declared Little Green a winner because he was not a coward. Even when your opinion is not popular. go ahead. Take a stand. You may think you are alone. The courage Little Blue received from being chosen just that one time gave him the incentive needed to do greater things.  Sometimes, one act of kindness affect all of their lives.

The next day Little Blue Back, no longer shy,  became the Math captain.



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?