9 Things My Appalachian Daddy Taught Me

Dad on left, a friend, a cousin, and me.
Dad on left, a friend, a cousin, and me.
  1. It’s okay to sit in the yard in your underwear.
  2. The second coming already happened. It was called The Allman Brothers Band.
  3. Everyone loves an ABC Store gift card for Christmas.
  4. Ain’t nothing more fun than bouncing along country roads in the back of a ’78 Chevy truck, except driving a ’78 Chevy truck on country roads.
  5. If you can drive a ’78 Chevy truck, you can drive a tank. 
  6. Wear more than a corduroy jacket when you go deer hunting.
  7. You can get a decent car for $25.
  8. Never make your kid mow when it’s over 100 degrees.
  9. Chainsaws are fun!


  • Andrea Grenadier

    This is priceless! You forgot to mention that if you’re going formal, wear a clean T-shirt with your overalls. : )

  • Rita

    My daddy taught me that as a grown woman it was alright to moon him when in the process of holding the flashlight so he could get out the extra queens from the beehive. I in my nightgown and the bees came towards the light and up my gown…I ran, bees chased and stung in bad places…my dad just laughed. I was in my mid 20’s and a momma. When he finally tried to apologize for laughing at me as I stripped off my gown…naked as the day I was born (and we live in the city…lol)…dad couldn’t apologize…he was still laughing about it. I got even when the liquid pig manure exploded upon being open. Pay-back was a “*h*t”. lol

  • Amy Steadman

    Randy Sanders let me read your piece for East TN State University Now and Then as a last “edit” job (being my boss man). It certainly was like nothing you post here – and been following you for a while – but loved it. Where else do you publish more “social and political engaging” articles like that?

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