I Might be a Redneck

I really like Jeff Foxworthy.  He has more money than I’ll ever see, yet he still seems to be a down-to-earth, God-loving guy, who doesn’t take himself too seriously.

I’m sure you’ve heard the “You Might be a Redneck” jokes.  If you see any of yourself in these jokes, you might be offended.  But, if I remember correctly, Jeff Foxworthy describes a redneck as someone lacking sophistication.  He acknowledges that he, at times, lacks sophistication.

I would not have admitted this some years back, but I, too lack sophistication at times.  I have a fair amount of education, and for a time, I thought that made me pretty hoity-toity.  I thought it made me a little better.  Than what?  The old me?  Rednecks?  The fact that I can’t answer that highlights how silly this attitude is.

I started wondering about the definition of sophistication.  I turned to my old stand-by, dictionary.com.  Here is the first definition:  “sophisticated character, ideas, tastes, or ways as the result of education, worldly experience, etc.”

Not really very informative, since it uses the word “sophisticated”.  So, of course, I had to look that up:  “(of a person, ideas, tastes, manners, etc.) altered by education, experience, etc., so as to be worldly-wise; not naive . . .”

Sounds kind of yucky, doesn’t it?  I suppose I have been changed, as most of us have through our experiences.  While I desire wisdom, I’ve known plenty of people who are wise who aren’t very worldly.  Anyway, where is the fun in being sophisticated?  There’s nothing better than a good laughter-induced snort.

My husband and I have taken our kids to the Monster Jam monster truck competition three years in a row.  Full disclosure – we would have paid money not to attend a monster truck show before we had kids.  But, after learning to bring ear muffs for all of us (wow, is it loud), I’ve learned to almost enjoy it.  The kids absolutely love it.

So, yes, I enjoy “You Might be a Redneck” jokes.  So much so, that I recently did a search online to find some for a chuckle.  I found this:  300 Reasons You Might be a Redneck.  I particularly enjoyed #15 “Your wife’s job requires her to wear an orange vest.”  You see, I work at a steel mill. While I don’t wear an orange vest, I have been known to wear a bright yellow one, a hard hat, and steel-toed boots with a metatarsal guard.

Life’s too short for all of the energy sophistication takes.  Check out the list.  Maybe you’ll find an item or two that you can relate to.  Come join the fun and be a redneck, at least for a moment.

 

 

 

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