Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My Own Southern Strategy


There are so many great Southern summer sandwiches -- pimento cheese, BLTs, plain old mater and mayo -- I love them all but yesterday it was a cucumber sandwich that called my name. Cold, crisp homegrown cuke on homemade light bread with homemade mayonnaise. Absolutely perfect.

One step toward feeling cooler.

Another step was to vow not to engage in Facebook arguments with people who comment on political things I post with zingers like "Killary should be in jail," or "Obummer is a Muslim," or "Michelle is really Michael."

My own Southern Strategy is, henceforth, to reply to such comments with a simple "Bless your heart." (This is the time-honored passive-aggressive response of a Southern Lady who chooses not to use bad language and say what she really thinks. I seem to remember my Yankee sister-in-law using "God love him" in much the same way.) 

In extreme cases, I may comment that I'm praying for the person.

In this heat, argument is tiring and with folks so far gone, it's futile. I could block or ignore them but the Bless Your Heart makes me feel better.

Maybe there should be an emoticon . . . maybe there already is.


16 comments:

Ms. A said...

The majority of my Facebook time is spent as an admin in a support group. Pool Rule... NO politics and NO religion.

Cucumber and tomato sandwiches. Both great!

Vicki Lane said...

I find political discussion fascinating. But when it's name calling and such, I don't have tolerance for that.

Anvilcloud said...

It's difficult to have a rational discussion with someone who isn't rational.

I think you need a pithy zinger though. :)

Vicki Lane said...

The problem with pithy zingers is they invite more pithy zingers. Bless your hear kinda closes things down. The best anyone has managed so far to my Bless Your Heart is Well, Bless yours twice. It's like a battle with sofa cushions.

Ida Thompson said...

I really like this but am anxious to see that emoticon.I can only imagine it.

NCmountainwoman said...

I think the media bear a great responsibility for all the name calling. Specifically the moderators of the early GOP debates. They should have immediately stopped DJT and explained that this is a Presidential debate, not an elementary school playground. Further "there will be no name-calling on this stage." "Bless your heart" seems a perfect response. Even if there are emoticons, I'd go with the words since some folks might not understand. In fact, a lot of them are not likely to understand "bless your heart." And that makes it all the more fun.

I also love the summer veggie sandwiches. Hooray for cucumbers, tomatoes, and summer squash. Sandwiches for lunch and grilled veggies for dinner. Makes this weather almost tolerable.

Frances said...

Vicki, I've also been enjoying a variety of classic summer sandwiches, but wanted to let you know I've been making lots of batches of kirby cukes with rice vinegar and black sesame seeds. Thank you for that summer inspiration. Those slices really make perfect refreshing snacks!

xo

Brigitte Fisher said...

I thought I was the only one who loved cucumber sandwiches! Love your blog! Brigitte

Gayle Pearson said...

My Mama loved cucumber sandwiches! :-)

Martin Hodges said...

When we lived in Cornwall, the local expression, when an exasperating person brought things to a boil was, "Ah, the dear of him/her."

Vicki Lane said...

Martin, that sounds just right. Where I live folks will say of a person who does something baffling or not quite quite. "Well, he's a (INSERT PERSON"S NAME HERE)

jennyfreckles said...

Somehow cucumber and bread just go together, add mayo too = heaven!
BYH is a great rejoinder. It's the verbal equivalent of that annoyingly nonchalant shoulder shrug my daughter has always done since she was a kid, when I've been on my high horse about something! You're so right, it's like arguing with a cushion

barbara judge said...

Vicki -- For variety try cucumber sandwiches made with Nancy's organic cream cheese -- (or any brand cream cheese) -- delicious. If you ever want to try something different -- try this. I'm waiting for the local cukes to come to our market. --- barbara

Jim Egerton said...

Oh those cakes yum! We have grown fond of the little Persian cakes. In a yogurt water salt blend. My favorite summer Quincer is cold buttermilk with crumbled corn bread in it and a side of green onions.

My long dead uncle Tom invented a word "porpatude" has no meaning. He would use it in this manner, "you have great personal porpatude". I think "bless your heart" is better.

Jim Egerton said...

Of course I ment cukes. That damn auto spell checker has great personal porpatude.

Stella Jones said...

Tempting though, isn't it. I've done it myself. You can imagine that with our referendum lately, the temperature has gone up somewhat!