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Damn Yankees! June 28, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play.

Wikipedia ~ Hammer Throw (in Public Domain)

My great-grandmother lived in the Scottish Highlands.

Her son, my maternal grandfather,  emigrated to the US in his 20′s.

There, he met and married my grandmother.  My mother resulted from their union.

Like many Highlanders who climb the hills, my great-grandmother remained agile and spry well into her 90′s.

During a visit in autumn, my grandfather walked into her kitchen one morning and started shivering.

As he rubbed his arms to warm up, my great-grandmother snorted in disgust, jumped up on the counter, and slammed down the window.

Turning to my grandfather, and using her strongest Scottish brogue, she declared:

Och, ye damn yankees . . . ye cannae stan a wee bit of fresh aire!

What a bonnie highlander!

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1. Carl D'Agostino - June 28, 2011

That’s what dopey Red Socks fans say every day. LET’S GO YANKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES !

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

Go team!!! 😀

2. SuziCate - June 28, 2011

sounds like a real spitfire! I have a feeling my goddaughter is going to grow up just like that!

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

SuziCate - June 28, 2011

I should remind her mother of this quote but she is not a fan of Dr. Seuss as I am…I jokingly tell her I can not possibly be friends with anyone who does not adore Seuss!

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

I adore all things Seussical
He sees the usual as unusical
Singing fish with chimes
Bright colorful rhymes
Let’s write a Suzical musical!

3. William D'Andrea - June 28, 2011

Here in New York, the word “Yankee” can only mean a member of the greatest baseball team of all time!
I remember the classic team of the 1950’s, with Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and the Manager Casey Stengel. That was the time in this Country, when things were the way they should be. We had peace, prosperity and the Yankees always won the World Series. Like I said, the way things “should” be.

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

I’m not sure that I would return to the 50’s . . . but peace and prosperity sound good.


Go Team! 😀

4. Judson - June 28, 2011

I would love to be able to spend a little time with my Grandfathers, both of whom I never had a chance to get to know. One died 12 years before I was born and the other when I was two.

This is one of the little comforts of being spiritual/religious, whatever we want to call it.

The belief that in time, we will have the chance to meet that family that we miss.

Many call it silly self-delusion, but I’m not sure I’d think too very much of this human existence if I was convinced that THIS is all there is.

— Judson

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

I’ve heard of many people who, as they “let go of life,” are met by loved ones “on the other side.”

I do not believe that THIS is all there is.

5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - June 28, 2011

Too funny. Such a beautiful part of the world too.

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

She must have been a hoot!

Oh, ye take the high road
And I’ll take the low road
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye . . .

6. Richard W Scott - June 28, 2011

Aye, lass, a true spit-fire, an’ that’s th’ truth of it.

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

I’ve feisty ancestors on both sides ~ I emulate them whenever possible.

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. ~ Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, ch. 31.

7. clarbojahn - June 28, 2011

Family stories are valuable. Thank you for sharing this story about your great grandmother. May you live to be as old and spry.

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

Thanks, Clar.

I only want to live as long as I remain “happy” to be here ~ if my happiness dissipates, I want to leave. 😀

8. Betsy Talbot - June 28, 2011

There is something very hardy and practical about the Scots. If they weren’t so much fun we would all be wise to be terrified of them!

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

Your comment reminds me of my maternal grandmother ~ if she hadn’t been such FUN . . . she would have terrified me! 😀

9. souldipper - June 28, 2011

Nancy! I think you have met her. Look in the mirror! 😀

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

Thanks, Amy!

I am delighted to emulate the forthright nature of most of my many ancestors ~ on both sides of the pond.

10. kateshrewsday - June 28, 2011

You’re a chip off the old block all right, but with a take all your own. Hope you get back there to see Scotland again someday soon.

nrhatch - June 28, 2011

Actually, I’ve never been. 😦

Someday, perhaps.

11. Tilly Bud - June 29, 2011

lol! What a great woman. Loved this story 🙂

nrhatch - June 29, 2011

Thanks, Tilly.

I know a fair amount about my grandparents on both sides from tales told me as a child, but less about their parents. Just a tasty tidbit here and there.

12. Naomi Estment - June 29, 2011

Hehe, love it, Nancy! Especially with my Scottish ancestry too; my paternal grandfather emigrated to Zambia from Scotland 🙂

nrhatch - June 29, 2011

Have you ever been? When I get there, I want to visit the lochs and glens, the Hebrides, the Orkney isles, and wander the hillsides. Oh, yes, and meet Nessie! :mrgreen:

13. eof737 - June 29, 2011

That is so funny! I can even hear her saying it with such derision… LOL! 🙂

nrhatch - June 29, 2011

It’s one of the few stories I remember my grandfather telling me about her. It must have stuck with him too.

14. Tokeloshe - June 29, 2011

Me too 😉

nrhatch - June 29, 2011

Nothing like a wee Scottish brogue! 😀

15. Linda - June 29, 2011

I do believe my daughter is letting her Scottishness shine all over the place!

nrhatch - June 30, 2011

Och . . . the wee lass has a full head of Scottishness! 😀

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