re: “Who gives a damn or a darn?”

I thoroughly enjoyed Wanda Orton’s column Wednesday, which reminded me of my first week in the first grade (West University Elementary in Houston), when I was sent home with a note (after school) for my mother to call the teacher because I had used unacceptable language in class.  

When my mother called, and she loved to tell this story, she asked my teacher, Mrs. Davis, what I had said.  Mrs. Davis replied that I “shouted, damn fly” as I swatted one away.  As my mother told the story numerous times to her friends, after hesitating for 10 or so seconds, she said, “Mrs. Davis, I think that his father and I have to take the blame. You see, I don’t think Jimmy ever heard them called anything else.”

Jim Maroney


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What a great memory! Thank you for sharing.

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