Saturday, April 2, 2011

Magical Moment 422, "'Texan' is a Foreign Language"

When we got our dog, Joy, I spent a great deal of time house-breaking and training her to be a well-behaved, obedient dog. I'm happy to say, I think she turned out pretty well. She travels with Eddie and I all over creation anytime we go on vacations or to visit family.

The first time we took her to Texas to see Eddie's family, we left her at my mother-in-law, Debbie's house for a while. I told her, "Joy will do pretty much whatever you tell her, so you shouldn't have any trouble. Just give her a command and she'll obey."

Later when Eddie and I returned to pick up Joy, Debbie said, "For the life of me, I couldn't get her to sit!"
I thought that was odd considering "sit" was doggy 101.
Debbie went on to demonstrate, "Joy, SI-YET!"
I laughed out loud and explained, "Joy thinks 'sit' is a one-syllable word!"
We completely forgot to take in account that very thick, Texas drawl! Poor Joy had no idea what Debbie was telling her to do. We all got a good laugh out of it and Debbie and Joy get along just fine now!

Debbie and Joy

Those crazy Texans!


Linda said...

Oh, that's so funny. I can relate to Joy's confusion. We have stories about asking Southerners for directions and then trying to find the names of streets or businesses that match the words we heard. I don't know how long we searched for Mars Road one time before realizing that Myers Road was what we wanted. :)

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yep I thought sit always had a long two syllable word. I am from GA, so I understand :)

Dawn said...

It's funny how even one syllable can change an entire meaning:)))

Rick said...

Ha ha ! Good one, Elizabeth.

Reminds me a a flight I was on out of Dallas, sitting beside a lady who had been in Waco around the time of the Branch Davidian troubles. She had quite some difficulty understanding what had transpired when a local told her about all the 'snappers' that had been there - after getting a better description, she figured out the man was talking about snipers !