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Eric's Sunday Sermon; We Say Grace and We Say Maa'm

Updated on November 28, 2015

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Big deal it is beautiful. It is home. | Source

Just good manners

We do not invade your space. We make room for it. Our table is your table and the scraps may be mine. I see your people as my people. Lord help me. I am just a country boy, Lord help. We dip our hats to Senoras and Senoritas. We got pride but it is mixed up with God. I know how to say Buenos Dias, Good Day Mate, Howdy and shalom and namaste and Ya tah hey and Aloha. And I can kiss you in butterfly, cheek to cheek, nose to nose, hard on the lips and coy.

Shoot you cannot teach this old boy new tricks, But I say maa'm and I say sir. That is the way I was built Ford tough. I can run a trout line and stay up til 9am and skin a buck and saute a trout. I was built to survive. I can bust down a row of corn without a sip a water. I can plant from dusk til dawn, I can do what it takes to make ends meet. My wife and my child called me elephant fat man just the other day, I swooped one up in arm and the other in the other and hoot and hollered as I ran through the home. Whahoo! Us old boys can get it done.

But being tough ain't where it is at. Love and harmony is cool to the rule. Turn your child's head for a moment: If you threaten my family, I am no refugee, I will rip your head off, throw salt down your throat and kick you before you hit the ground. And I don't like violence. but my wife's right to walk down a street unmolested is your only ticket to life.

We like to tip our hats and say maa'm We are not tough guys and we dang sure take in the groceries and out the garbage on Tuesdays. We just old boys. We like apple pie and a beer on Friday night.

Hang on with this old whiskey maker and homemade wine boy.

I tried to be real and real tough there, did it work? I am not all that good at it. Maybe you can give me pointers.

I don't think most folk get this concept.

What hike on what road?

We have hiked so much I do not know this crossroad.
We have hiked so much I do not know this crossroad. | Source

I am just a preacher man

I do not get hate. Damned if I don't get it. I just cannot grasp hate. My buddy Thurman Joshonguva was a pal. Kenny Seidel and Beefy Lopez and Gilbert Wong and Joel Harris were and are my buddies. You got hell out there - bring it on.

I am not made of dirt. Bring it on baby we are ready to pay the price of freedom. But why fight?

As old Beefy used to say: "why fight when you can eat?"

We prattle on and perhaps we owe it to the reader to get to a short ride on a tough bull named annihilator. (sorry more tough guy Rodeo Cowboy style) But my point is that I have only an 8 second ride here, a short sermon when it gets down to it.


We just are that way

That whole bit about being a tough old country boy is meant to drive a point home. Do not discriminate against us. There are some of us who's roots are firmly entrenched in being polite and respectful. I see doctors and feel like crap. But I brush my teethe and I put on clean underwear and brush my hair. And I thank them for their time. I brush my teethe ten times before seeing the dentist. I clean my car before I take it to the mechanic. A store clerk is a person who deserves me to call her by her name. Shucks I keep my cans clean for the garbage man. I would die before disappointing my wife.

It causes consternation among others that I see life as a duty. It is my sworn and unsworn duty to be pleasant to others and let them know my gratitude toward them. If I left you with less than a smile on your face I am a bozo.

No this is not a lesson on how to be co-dependent this is exactly the opposite. I would just love to tell you that it is all about you, but I cannot. I am not wired that way. Sure I am altruistic and kind and giving. But do not fool yourself that this old preacher man is more than that. I do respect and honor cuz I was raised that way. I wish I could say it was because I work on it. But it just ain't that way.

Maybe each day we raise each other. Maybe my life was trained by you, yesterday, maybe today.

So we reach down and find our inner pilot light and ask what is it for? Why be polite?

I got no idea but it is a cool photo.

Some things are just pretty
Some things are just pretty | Source

The short of it

Why not call a lady a lady. Why not say sir to the 20 something at the counter. Why not kick off your boots before entering your momma's kitchen?

We are not perfect. So why not carry around some happy? My wife does not like the pedestal I made for her. She would rather look up to me, she says the view is not as good looking down on someone.

I cannot put everyone above me. But if that is my default position, what harm comes from that?

Please act like you put your neighbor above you.

End of the line -- tomorrow

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Stand tall and in a certain sense proud, and bend like a willow, and you will swoop up those who do not think hard as of yet. We get the old and we love the young. I know this age == I have been at it for 3 months ;-)

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Totally agree! It is hard, especially when they're trying it on! But respect doesn't mean being a 'pushover'

      I tell the new drivers that if they're firm, but respectful the other passengers will back them 100% and they'll not have issues with that passenger again!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Man o' Mano is it hard to give that respect sometimes. I find it most difficult with young 20 somethings that know everything and still live off the family tit. But I get over it. And it makes it a lot easier to give respect to others. R-E-S-P-E-C-T if I deserve it then I owe it!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Awesome! What more can I say? Whenever I get a new driver to 'shoe the ropes' they've usually had all the horror stories about some of the rougher areas of town and are somewhat unsure what they've let themselves in for.

      "Treat folks with respect and you'll get it back" is what I tell them, it's never let me down!

      A little respect goes a long way!

      Happy New Year

      Lawrence

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much carolinemd21, it is nice to have you visit and write a note.

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      Caroline Marie 

      2 years ago

      Nice work Eric. :) You have a really great style.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Mary, It makes be glad to get such a positive comment. I am one lucky guy for my upbringing it serves me well to this day.

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      Mary Craig 

      2 years ago from New York

      Eric this was amazing and refreshing. How nice to know a man that is not afraid to be a man. How we show others they are important in our life is as easy as breathing, if you've been brought up right and I would say, without hesitation, you sir have been brought up right! Thanks for this uplifting read.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Devika, it is always a pleasure to have you drop by and leave a note.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting insight here. You shared valuable points.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Frank. I suppose some are my views and some are views that I can respect, perhaps there is no difference. Thanks for the insight, I shall cogitate on it.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Eric I haven't read one of your sermons and said It wasn't helpful.. or you're just sound boarding.. they make great sense.. even in a changing society, it's good to read your view.. or a view as you see it.. bless you my friend :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nadine for the read and comment. Life is definitely changing.

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      Nadine May 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Interesting read. Yes our society is changing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I am having a good time teaching my little one the common courtesies that were taught to me. The cool thing is that he really likes them. I think all we need do is spend a little time on it and it comes naturally. Thank you for your support.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I still love to see a man tip his hat, but these days, it seems that they only do it in the old movies. Anyway, I wish the modern families would pay attention to these acts of courtesy which oil the hinges on our interactions with each other. Thanks for revisiting them.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith we got a lot of that Southern notion of warmth where I grew up. We are kind of south but so far west as to be different. My first love dumped me for a no good. Said I was just too respectful, oh well.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Diva, you remind us well of that simple fact that it is easier to smile than to frown. Isn't that a great truth? It also takes less muscles to hand out than to take. Just down right cool.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Well, dear Eric, you would fit right in here down in the Deep South, for we, too, say grace and ma'am and sir and the men hold doors for the women. I love it!

      You are a fine man. Nothing better than a man with good manners who is polite, I say!

      Never change. God bless you and your precious family. I know you are brining up that little one to be a fine man just as his dad.

      Hugs and peace

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric my friend, you are so right. It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Why be mean--kindness isn't more work and it sure feels better than being ornery. Thanks for another great sermon.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I saw a statistic the other day that had me labeled as poor. What the frying pan hell is that?!! Good God I am fat, how can I be poor? I will start again if you do not stop me. My brother read about Abraham Lincoln and got my feet all muddy and put me on his shoulders upside down so I could make footprints on the ceiling. Danged but we had to build our own ladder to get up there and clean it off. What did I do wrong!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, you are a rockstar here. You can sign your name bananas and we do not care. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we behold you!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My friend Venkatachari, go easy with not asking for a hand. For me I just love it when I can help someone out, but often they have to let me grasp their need. Do your neighbor a favor and ask them for a help. Make them feel good.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, you are definitely not a bore. You tell it like it is and that's my kind of people. I've picked my share of blackberries for my mother to make the best cobblers and jelly. Those were the ' good ole days ' We were poor but God was never out of sight. Thanks for the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      People are always asking why I sign my name "bill" with a small "b"....it's to practice humility. The small "b" reminds me that I'm not better than anyone else. :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh My! Don't get be started on Blackberries. Mom got us all new pairs of jeans every year at picking time so we could wade into those brambles and bring back the makings of Blackberry cobbler and preserves. My brother taught me to hide some in a bag and come back in two weeks for wine. Whahoo! She got dad to swap out a tonsil removal for two industrial sized pots. Beans in one and Green chili in the other and we always had food to eat. I could go on all day, I hope I do not bore.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice one. We say grace, we say madam. I like this attitude. And respect and accommodate neighbours or even labourers and servants. This is my policy also. I do not trouble anybody unnecessarily. Rather do extra work myself than burdening them.

      Thanks for this nice sermon. My blessings.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wooah! I like beans, any kind. I was raised on them. My mother told me that she cooked two pots of beans every day. I asked her why didn't she just cook a bunch once and she told me that she didn't have a pot big enough. ( Twelve youngens ) This was before I was hatched. I like that you are a ' good old country boy preacher man, and I like the idea that you tip your hat. My grandpappy used to make homemade blackberry wine and my grandmammy got mad every time. Hee.

      Warmest regards to you and family.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Don I hope to heck that you got your RV spotted just right for a walk and meeting new friends. My 3 eldests still get it. I think beyond the cajoling they get my freak. I once drove a road where there was no pavement but a dirt road that went straight for 40 miles. How the hell do you teach that? So I take em on that road.

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      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Good one Eric!

      Sometimes though you have to wonder about some people and the consternation on their faces when you speak on these basics of life.

      Often, they make me think of a couple of lines from another country song. the words are;

      They didn't eat them beans,

      or wear them jeans,

      or sing those country songs!

      You know the songs of our youth, unhindered by the foul RAP songs that denigrate women and belittle human life.

      DON

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