This post is a contribution from world renowned podcast celebrity Wichita Rutherford. Be sure to visit his site 5MinutesWithWichita.com to listen to his weekly podcast featuring interviews with bluegrass stars.
I don”t think I”m alone when I say I”ve never met somebody I didn”t like. Now that”s a famous saying and everything but I find it to be true. When you first meet somebody they show you the best smile they”ve got and that handshake their Dad taught them or that smile their Mom gave them and they look you right in the eye. You know you do the same thing. It makes you both feel good because you are showing each other all the best of “you” that you can both whip up. Oh, that”s just so nice. I find the people I like to go visit and that I really like to come visit me are people who love a lot of folks, and that are loved by a lot of folks. I like people who wear overalls and people who sometimes where t-shirts that fit fine at the shoulders but have a whole other thing going on at the stomach area. I like people who have some dogs and like to fish. I like people who eat at The Cracker Barrel. I like people who want a bass boat real bad and people who like sausage biscuits and buy the same brand because their Mom bought it. I like people who don”t snicker when an old person tells them something that”s important to them for the third time. I like people who like to be out working on their farm moving rocks or mowing and people who make things that nobody makes anymore like butterscotch pie and hominy. I like people who like my parents. I like people who love and respect their own parents. I like people who make the “honk your horn” sign at truck drivers. I like people who know what color their Mother”s eyes are and know how their Grandmother met their Grandfather and know what their Father”s first job was. I like people who remember the Tennessee Barn Dance over in Knoxville and The Opry when it lived in the Ryman. I like people who tell me I dropped a dollar and smile at me when they know they”ve spent too much time in the intersection. I like people who tear up when they hear a good Mac Wiseman song and people who start a sentence with “Awwe”” when I thank them for something they”ve done for me when I didn”t ask them to. I like old people who say “Well, bless your heart” and waitresses that call me “Honey”. I really like a lot of people. I really love a lot of people too. I don”t think I”m alone when I say I”ve never met somebody I didn”t like. It”s The Bluegrass Way.