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Laurel With Wolves – By Ogden Fahey

Ogden Fahey is a painter of ladies and other things.  Recently, he painted a picture of a woman with green eyes, named “Sweet Loretta.”  I teasingly commented that I loved her green eyes but my name wasn’t Loretta.

That comment led to his offer to paint me.  I sent him two pictures.

He responded, “those are amazing.  I had no idea you looked anything like that!”
Of course, being a curious woman, I asked what he thought I looked like.

The following is the hilarious response I received.

“I didn’t give it too much thought what you’d look like, cos I knew I had no idea, but I had 2 versions in mind.  1) A pretty, butch looking, manly type with dark eyes and a heavy brow, or 2) A bush-wacker type [who] lives in the woods, chases people off who come by, wears an old red dress, has bushy red hair to match!  Both pretty eccentric types, I don’t know much other than the characters in your stories, and that you come from the South, so I’d imagine you spit a lot of tobacco and blast people with an old shotgun if they try any ‘funny stuff’.”

I was laughing my eyes out.  Now, I do know that a lot of people think Southerners are “gun totin’, Republican votin’, cigarette smokin’ yahoos and there’s no gettin’ around that.
Sure, we flatten our “i’s” and drop our “g’s”.  We’re slow talkers and say things like “lawdy mercy, and bless your heart.”

But…not all of us.  Some of us would rather be put to death than end a sentence with a preposition, and using double negatives is just as bad.

I’ve lost a bit of my Southern drawl, due to having been dragged all over the states, but I’m still an i flattener and a g dropper.  I do own a gun but I don’t tote it around with me.  I don’t even know where it is.  As far as politics…that’s a definite conversation stopper.

I never discuss politics.  It’s too volatile.  Hell, it’s volatile when you don’t.

A few years ago, a friend of more than 30 years, ended our friendship…not because I disagreed with her political views, but because I told her again, that I was not going to discuss politics.  That led to the accusation; “you’re an ignorant, uneducated piece of trash, just like all the rest of those South Carolina assholes.”

(Whatevva did she mean?)

To clarify, her husband works in S. C. and she blames the folks in that state for just about everything that goes wrong in their lives.  Bless her heart.

I’m not from South Carolina, but I do agree that there are a few assholes there.  (Smiling wryly.)

Back to the pictures…I think the inclusion of the wolves is great.

Thanks Ogden!



11 thoughts on “Laurel With Wolves – By Ogden Fahey

  1. I realize the artist is an abstract painter, but I admit I never thought his representation was how you might look either. In 2016 I lost connection with three family members and a whopping number of friends on Facebook because of their insistence on discussing politics, even though I had asked them (politely) to knock that stuff off if they were conversing with me. After I asked twice, I just defriended them. I think that particular election caused perhaps the largest split this country has seen since the Civil War. Brother!


  2. I forgot to mention dungarees and a straw hat! LOL I liked to think you’d be pretty mean, but I never really thought about politics, I just assumed you were to busy brewing moonshine or whatever you guys do down south! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ XX

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    • Yep. Dungarees (we call them britches), straw hats and wide toothless grins. Down in them hollers, while we’re cooking up a mess of hooch in one pot, we’re conjuring up some spell-casting, witches’ brew in another. Us Southerners are loyal and true blue, though. Our kinfolk are the kind that will help you bury the body, but if you cross us…remember. We know where to bury the body. πŸ™‚

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  3. Such a wonderful post. How did I not know you’re from the South? The woman in those paintings looks sharp and worldly. I would never mistake you for a rube. As for blaming the people of South Carolina for everything that goes wrong in our lives, I still do, probably because it’s as irrational as Southern politics. πŸ™‚


  4. Love this, Laurel. I don’t know what you look like either (well, I guess we all sort of do now, don’t we?), but I sure as heck would never confuse you with one of your story characters! πŸ™‚ Oh, and please, for the love of G-d: please find and lock up that gun! – Marty


    • LOL! I do need to find that gun. A fat lot of good it would do me anyway. When my son was trying to break down my back door, I didn’t even hear him and I guess it’s a good thing. I might have shot him. Sigh.

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