Tuttie boiling crawfish

My dad, whom I affectionately called Tuttie all of my life, had some distinct characteristics that made him easily identifiable in a crowd, but two, in particular, stood out. Just look for the guy who always, without fail, wore one-piece coveralls and a brightly colored welders cap with the bill turned up. I don’t know why he wore his hat like that all those years, but he did, and people knew him for it. 

When he died last June, we buried him in coveralls, wearing one of his favorite caps with the bill turned up, of course. Without this outfit, no one would have known it was him.

What about you?

  • What is a characteristic that identifies you and distinguishes you from everyone else? It might be a habit or unusual behavior, a unique clothing choice like Tuttie’s, a haircut, an accent, a laugh, or a sense of humor. Maybe you have a tiny house or nine kids.
  • What does this identifying object or characteristic say about you to others?
  • How do you feel about this identification? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what identifies you. Share your response to the writing prompt in the comments section below.


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    Posted February 13, 2019 6:54 pm 0Likes

    For as long as I can remember people have looked at me, smiled, and said, “You’re so funny!” I know they mean that they appreciate my sense of humor, as warped as it can be. It’s certainly better than someone saying, “don’t go near her, she’s a grumpy old bitch.” If I’m grumpy, I’m sick.
    For the most part, on any given day I am happy, I am blessed, and I see the humor around me and especially in me. I recently fell up the stairs. I was laughing so hard, I couldn’t get up! “Anybody can fall down the stairs,” I told my son. I can be amusing with the adults and silly with the children.

    You know how I feel about this? I feel blessed. I love people, and I especially love the little people. I get down on the floor and play with them. I sing silly songs as we play and soon they are singing parts of it with me. The cup is half full, and the world is my oyster.

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    Posted February 21, 2019 11:29 am 0Likes

    Judi, what a gift to be known for your sense of humor! I can sense your lightheartedness in your post, and I laughed out loud as you recounted falling up the stairs! “Anyone can fall up the stairs!” Thank you for sharing your joy and humor with us here.

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