Word-High July: Halakhak

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Years ago, when I was pregnant with our first child, I worked at David’s daddy’s store. It was the Western Auto in Iva, South Carolina. Generally, I am painfully shy and introverted. Sometimes, however, I surprise everybody, including myself.

I was as big around as a barn during this pregnancy. A first baby will stretch you in ways that you didn’t know you could be stretched. I was rounder than I was tall. David’s daddy, who I called ‘Papa Bruce’ came to the customer service counter looking for a part that he needed for a customer. I was working the back counter that morning.

Papa said to me, “Su-dee-lou, is there a diaphragm back there?”

The devil must have gotten a hold of me, because I got a huge smile on my face and words that were not my own came out of my mouth.

I said to him, while pointing at my very pregnant belly, “Papa, if I had a diaphragm, I wouldn’t be in THIS condition!” Then, I burst into total, uncontrollable laughter as did several of the people around me.

Papa Bruce was red as a beet and, if I remember correctly, speechless.

To this day, this story still makes me laugh, remembering the look on his face when shy Su-dee-lou hopped out of her shell for a moment of fun.

I don’t know if he ever found that diaphragm either. Haha

Here is a video of David telling this story.

Please be sure to read David’s post over at Random Thoughts and Observations.

Please also visit our hostess Rosema at Word-High July.

Disclaimer: These Filipino word images are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.

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About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 32 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an empty nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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9 Responses to Word-High July: Halakhak

  1. rosemawrites says:

    HAHAHA! That is a lovely and indeed humorous story! thank you for sharing, Suz!
    Have a great day!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Davy D says:

    🙂 A lovely and funny story Suzanne. I bet Papa Bruce chose his words carefully with you from that point on. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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