Today is a hodge podge of mixed items. You do know what a hodge podge is right? Well, I really don't know myself, but I have heard people use the term all my life. I have come to know this as meaning a "mixed bag" or all sorts of "different things." It's kind of like a lot of other silly little things we all say from time to time. Wordings like "keep an eye out." Does this mean that you are going to take an eye out of your head and leave it on a counter somewhere to watch out for something? If we are gifted with sight, do any of us really look around with only one eye? Why don't we say "keep your eyes on the lookout"? Why do we use the single eye term? Same thing applies with the term "keep an ear out." Now, for myself, this applies real well as I am deaf in one ear, so I literally do keep an ear out, but again why don't we normally say "keep your ears" instead of referring to one ear?
How about the verbiage of "kick myself in the head." I know full well that there are some people who could do that, but for the most part the average person cannot kick themselves in the head. Or what about when we tell our kids that we are going to "knock your head off." Poor kids. I am sure some of them have run in fear, just imagining their head rolling across the floor. I didn't need to be told as a youngster that someone was going to "slap me silly" because I was always acting silly anyhow!
If someone uses the term "flat as a flitter" should the last word be flitter or fritter? My wife and her aunt are from East Texas and they both use the word flitter. I too have used the word flitter, but I got to thinking one day while mowing the pasture on my tractor. (What does mowing have to do with my thought process? Mowing simply gives me a lot of time to think.) What is a flitter? A flitter normally means to jump around or hop around a lot. Like a dragon fly flitters around in the sky. But I also know that a fritter is flat, as in pancake or potato fritter. So how can a "flitter be flat" is what I now ask my sweet east Texas girls. Send me your opinion.
Now on this next one I know that many of you will turn to the internet, but before you do answer me this next question. Do you place things in a cubby hole or a covey hole? I already know the definition of cubby hole, but I always thought this was another East Texas term so if you use cubby hole then what is a cubby? But if you use covey hole I would think you are verbalizing a hole that a covey of quail would run into. Quail typically will fly a short distance and then run into the underbrush to hide as in "covey hole."
The next issue is for old-timers here in our area. There is research being done on the powder mill explosion back during the civil war, that occurred near Spring Creek Park. Has anyone heard or read about or been told about a second bridge over Spring Creek, upstream from SH 249 back in the old days? Did any of your parents or grandparents ever make reference to a bridge just west of what is now park property? The researchers need to know.
Last, but not least. Does anyone know any history on the concrete street markers? A young man here in town is redoing these markers as part of his Scout community work and it seems nobody, including Harris County, knows who put them there and when. Do you have any old pictures of the town that may help date these things?