David’s Aunt Louise would say she was piffilated when she was exhausted. I don’t know how she spelled it or if it was a real word. She came from Knoxville so maybe it’s a Tennessee word. Those who remember Tennessee Ernie Ford may recall he had some strange words in his vocabulary.
Above: Cutover Hickory Oak forest. Tree on the right (the only semi-mature tree) is a shagbark Hickory (Source: Wikipedia – click to enlarge)
I learned years later that the hill folk from Appalachia had a language composed of Old English, Welsh, some German and many American Indian terms. For example, words like persimmon, opossum, raccoon, and hickory, are derived from Eastern Indian terms. Many rivers and other bodies of water also carry Indian names
Reading the history of the Spanish Conquistadors in what became Texas, I learned that the place where I was born more than a half century ago, had been an Indian village before it became a Spanish settlement and a college town in the Twentieth century and it retained its Indian name.
Ah well, I am wandering. I began to tell you how tired I was after three days at the gym, and how much my calf muscles hurt. Good thing we have a holiday tomorrow. My personal trainer Ang Lee (my director) asked me if I liked to exercise. I said, “No, I hate it, I’d rather be reading. But my doc thinks it would be good if I strengthened the muscles in my legs.”
And that’s exactly what I am doing.
The best thing that happened was that KK said, “you’ve lost weight…lots of weight.” The other best thing that happened was that BJ brought ginger snaps she made from scratch. I asked her for the recipe, of course. After the gang gets out of the pool, they eat. Now I am remembering how I got fat.
Some of the gang died while I was away, some moved into a local retirement home. Some lost husbands. BJ’s husband’s obit is in the Post today. He died of lung cancer October 14. BJ had them pull the plug when he slipped into an irreversible coma. They had medical directives. Everyone should have one. The worst thing isn’t dying.