They don’t expect much out of us Tazewell County girls. We were ruined from the start, thanks to geography and circumstances beyond Mama and Daddy’s control. I reckon they did the best they could with what they had.
Shelby Lee Adams photography
They didn’t expect much out of Mama or her Mama neither. Or Daddy, for that matter. Not that he seemed to mind.
But no, they don’t expect much out of us girls especially. We talk low and slow and don’t speak up when we should and hide our grins when we laugh at things we shouldn’t be laughing at. It’s bad manners, you know, to speak or laugh out of turn. Especially if you’re wearing a skirt. Speak only when spoken to, girl.
They never come right out and said it, but it was implied and suggested, and even in the Good Book, too. Mamaw once told…
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