Since I love reading the stories Shelley shares I thought I would share this one of mine.
It was 2004 and not long after I had married Ray, at Pigeon Forge in Tennessee.
Ray had never been to Australia and had many pre-consieved idea's about it.
"Them thar Or-stra-lians are behund the times," I'd hear him say.
He was ready to visit, but was very certain he never wanted to leave his birth land.
That was until he saw all our untamed landscapes and casual way of life.
I owned a home a short walk from Dickie Beach, at beautiful Caloundra, Queensland... It was one of five different beach along that stretch of wild coastline.
On our first day in Oz and walking around buying groceries from the local supermarket, I announced I had to buy THONGS for the beach.
"No you're not!" Ray said..
"What!," I was astounded, ""how come?"
This was NOT like Ray, he is so placid, and here he was telling me, NO THONGS!
"Yes I am," I insisted. "There is no way I am going down to the beach without THONGS."
This seemed to get his temper up....and boy, has Ray got a temper when things don't go right!
"You ain't abuying no thang!" he insisted! with everyone turning around to hear that southern accent which couldn't be missed as he was yelling by this time.
I didn't know what he was going on about, what on earth was wrong with me buying and wearing thongs?
Finding them on a self I stopped to pick them up.
"See!" I told him, "whats wrong with wearing these!"
"What the"..... he blubbered. "They're not thangs, them thar are flop flops....
I couldn't stop laughing when I realized what he had been talking about.
We Ozzies say thongs but in the U.S. they are called Flip Flops....
So funny.... No wonder he was getting so heated!!
There is NO WAY I would ever be seen in the THONG, that he was talking about..
But a pair of Thongs, now that is a different matter..
Sunday, July 21, 2013
A Language Barrier
An Author since 2012 and retired Specialist Registered Nurse. I reside in sub-tropical Queensland, Australia, with my American husband Raymond and our two little dogs. Mille` (Toy Foxy), and Marley (Toy Poodle). Late in 2008 I began to explore and enjoy the realm of creative writing. This is something which has always been an interest yet until now,I haven't found time to indulge. God is the cornerstone of my home and heart. He is my life and my breath, for without Him I am nothing. My desire is to edify His existance in my daily walk through life. To inspire and encourage the broken hearted. And to assist in the knowledge that EVERYTHING has a reason and a purpose under the Heavens. We are reminded through our faith in Jesus that He will, "Turn our Mourning into Dancing and our Sorrow into Joy." Psalms 30:11. Having personally experienced tough times I know, there is truely no gain without pain. B.N (Aus) B.S.N (U.S.A) M.H.N, ProfC, Bible College Graduate. 1. South Western Sydney Area Health, 2. Queensland Health, 3. ROGERSVILLE, TENESSEE with Amedysis Home Health.