Poorly and puret

You’ll find “poorly” in the dictionary, but it’s unlikely your dictionary will list “puret”.     In east Tennessee and southwest Virginia where I was born and raised, “poorly” and  “puret” were part of our language.   For example when we would go to visit my paternal grandparents on their farm, the adults would often ask grandpa, “how you  feelin’?”   If grandpa was not feeling well, he might say, “I’ve been right poorly this week.”     On the other hand, if  he was feeling good, grandpa would answer, “puret…feelin’ puret!”

Both words came to my mind during the past month when my friend and mentor Ray Moore observed his 89th birthday.    Ray was feeling poorly while battling a lingering case of shingles and the side effects of several meds. 
But now Ray seems to be on the road to feeling puret again.   Hallelujah!


One Response to “Poorly and puret”

  1. Jerry Says:

    Post script:

    Dad and mom continued the tradition of taking the kids to visit the granparents and aunts/uncles long after Don–and older sister, Betty–grew up. So, by default, I was the only kid left to carry on what was an enjoyable Sunday afternoon trip to the “country”.

    Once we got there, the women would go inside and the men would gather on the old front porch where the dogs, cats and chickens would just wander about. It was fun to sit with the men folks and watch and listen–some of whom were talkin’, some were whittlin’, some were spitin’ and some were doing both. And, yes, after all those years since Betty and Don visited, they were still answering with, ” . . feelin’ poorly”, and, ” . . feelin’ puret”. (It took a while for this kid to realize what they meant.)

    Since then, I’ve fleetingly wondered how one would spell, “puret”. That mystery was solved today in Don’s blog.

    Thanks, brother.

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