Monday, January 23, 2006

Susan in Australia has an audio CastBlaster and she sounds just lovely. You probably won't see me doing that. When you grow up with a southern accent you've usually spend a good deal of time defending your speech.

The first time I realized I sounded different from many other people I was 13 and visiting in Vermont, which is in the northern US. I was riding a large palamino horse through my cousin's neighborhood on a beautiful summer Saturday and people were coming out from their houses to see the horse, asking me his name, etc. The freak show soon turned to me as the children began asking me to speak for them. Wow, these neighbor sure are friendly.

"What's the horse's name?"
"What's your name?"
"Oh, oh, say the word 'country' again."
"Listen, Mama. Come out here and listen to her talk!"

I gladly obliged those neighbors like a good little trained seal but after a few of these mind-tripping episodes you begin to feel a little odd or embarassed when you're not with your "people". As an adult you learn how to adjust. People are no longer in my face making fun of me, but occasionally I can see them mentally subtracting IQ points when I speak. =)

4 comments:

Shirl said...

nononononononononono.

We're all just jealous of southern accents. We're stuck with the nasal short a twang of the mid-west. Yick!

(and wow, didn't susan have a terrif voice???)

3rd daughter said...

*blush* thank you ladies :)

i'd love to hear your southern accent, Susan. i used castblaster to record it...

Susan said...

Oh Shirl... You are just the sweetest thing. Bless your heart, as we always say here in the South! I confess I'm secretly envious of your Northern accent. And the Australian accent is like music. My husband has the most sexiest voice I have ever heard. Skyler's voice is beautiful. No trace of an accent. Then there's me. I'm not Ellie Mae Clampett, but I am twangy as hell.

I changed the link on the Castblaster.

3rd daughter said...

the new link does not work... was there supposed to be a voice for me to hear? :)